bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

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bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

1. To cause or inspire one to take a particular action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used after "bring." A desire to help my community brought me to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Your mother and I just cannot fathom what would bring you to disrespect us like that.
2. To muster the courage or resolve to do something, typically something unpleasant or frightening. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used after "bring." I'm sorry, I just can't bring myself to eat snails.
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bring someone to

to help someone return to consciousness. We worked to bring him to before he went into shock. He was finally brought to by the smelling salts.
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bring someone to do something

to cause someone to do something; to encourage someone to do something. What brought you to do this? I was brought to do this by a guilty conscience.
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bring to

1. Restore to consciousness, as in I'll see if these smelling salts will bring her to. Also see bring around, def. 2.
2. Cause a vessel to stop by heading into the wind or some other means. For example, As they neared the anchorage, they brought the boat to. This usage was first recorded in 1753.
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bring to

v.
1. To cause a ship to turn toward the wind or come to a stop: Some lines were dragging overboard, so we brought the ship to and hauled them in again.
2. To cause someone to recover consciousness: I fainted, but the smelling salts brought me to right away.
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References in classic literature ?
bread, rice, three Dutch cheeses, five pieces of dried goat's flesh (which we lived much upon), and a little remainder of European corn, which had been laid by for some fowls which we brought to sea with us, but the fowls were killed.
It cost me much labour and many days before all these things were brought to perfection; and therefore I must go back to some other things which took up some of my thoughts.
"The Thing is now complete, and only needs to be brought to life."
"Perhaps, after the Thing is brought to life, it can use a tail to steer with," suggested the Scarecrow.
Everything else that was brought to him he gave to the poor who came to him.
"There!" said he, "he will be brought to your majesty."
No drooping stem or withered leaf tells of any evil thought within their fragrant bosoms, and thus from the fairest of their race have they gathered this sweet dew, as a token of their gratitude to one whose tenderness and care have kept them pure and happy; and this, the loveliest of their sisters, have I brought to place among the Fairy flowers that never pass away."
Now they would have said farewell, but Dingaan forbade them, saying that they must not go yet: first they must eat and see the soldiers dance a little, and he commanded dishes of boiled flesh which had been made ready and bowls of milk to be brought to them.
ACCORDING to the Government's own statistics, 79 per cent fewer cases were brought to employment tribunals after fees of up to PS1200 were brought in.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY The site is attractive, clean and crisp, the pages loaded quickly and it seems very easy to navigate.
* All these options have one common foundation--persistent, lethal, overwhelming Air, Space and Cyberspace power massed and brought to bear anywhere, anytime.
And what it has brought to the musical theater--for sheer impact--may just be unmatched in the history of the form.
From that service, a peace candle was brought to St.
"What they brought to the table is a one-stop shop consolidation of efforts, giving us a single point of contact, including the Coast Guard, which we need to conduct inspections of containers.
Situated between 73rd and 74th Streets, at the former site of Marina Vance and just above Adrien Linford, a retailer the leasing duo brought to the address several years ago, the nearly 1,200-square-foot space features 20 feet of street frontage along Madison Avenue's coveted "Golden Mile" shopping district.