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 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 ?
When he had gone away, she had a little hind brought to her, and ordered her to be killed, and took her heart and tongue, and laid them on a plate, and when she saw the old man coming, she said to the boy: 'Lie down in your bed, and draw the clothes over you.
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.
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.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY The site is attractive, clean and crisp, the pages loaded quickly and it seems very easy to navigate.
This almost anarchic concept was brought to life in 1994.
Many of these dying people were homeless, or destitute, and had been brought to him by social workers from San Francisco's Tenderloin.
One of the most notorious cases to reach the courts involved a Malawian man, Caleb Zintambila, who was brought to the United States by an official with the United States Information Agency.
Brought to Invoke by investors, Bain Capital Ventures and BRM Capital, Torrence is an accomplished executive with over 24 years of experience in marketing, sales and business operations.
He was part of the team that developed and brought to market the IBM Cordless Computer Connection, a wireless link for PC modems, and helped to introduce integrated antennas into IBM's ThinkPad laptops to support wireless LAN connectivity.