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1. To take something outside. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "out." Now that the storm is over, I guess we can bring the patio furniture out again.
2. To present or deliver something, typically to people in a group. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "out." Volunteers will bring pamphlets out for anyone who wants to sign up for the program today. You better get back to your seat—they've begun bringing out the first course.
3. To cause something to become more noticeable. That top looks great on you—it really brings out your eyes. I feel so inadequate and jealous around my sister—ugh, she always brings out the worst in me!
4. To publish or produce something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "out." It's official—the publisher is bringing out my new book this spring! The company is expected to bring their newest model of computer out next summer.
5. To prompt someone, typically a performer, to come out on stage. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "out." The cheers of the adoring crowd brought the Broadway star out several more times after her curtain call.
6. To prompt someone to exit some place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "out." The sound of the fire alarm brought everyone out of the dorm.
7. To prompt someone to become engaged in some communal activity. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "out." The senator's grassroots election campaign seems to be bringing out a record number of younger voters.
8. To cause someone to reveal or divulge something. The detective will be able to bring the truth out of that witness when she questions him.
9. To cause something to be revealed, highlighted, or intensified. Wow, that shirt really brings out the color of your eyes. I just think that the pursuit of money tends to bring out the worst in people.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
bring someone out (on something)
Lit. to make someone come onto the stage from the stage sides or wings. Let's applaud loudly and bring her out on stage again. Lily was brought out on stage by the applause.
bring something out (in someone)
to cause a particular quality to be displayed by a person, such as virtue, courage, a mean streak, selfishness, etc. You bring the best out in me. This kind of thing brings out the worst in me.
bring something out
1. to issue something; to publish something; to present something [to the public]. I am bringing a new book out. I hear you have brought out a new edition of your book.
2. Go to bring something out of someone.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Expose or reveal; make conspicuous. For example, His book brought out some new facts about the war, or Her photographs bring out the play of light on her subjects. [Late 1500s]
2. Nurture or develop a quality, as in A gifted teacher brings out the best in pupils. [c. 1700]
3. Present to the public. For example, The publisher decided to bring out this dictionary in a single volume, or Debutantes traditionally are brought out at a ball. [c. 1800]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To move or guide something or someone out of some place, especially to make it available or visible: He brought out some food when we arrived. Bring the horses out so we can begin our trip.
2. To reveal or expose something: These documents brought out the facts. The new evidence will bring the truth out.
3. To cause something or the quality of something to be more prominent: I don't like singing this sort of music because it brings out the weaknesses of my voice. Your shirt brings the color of your eyes out.
4. To produce or publish something: I hope my favorite author brings out another book this year. The publishing company has just brought a new magazine out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.