Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

bring around - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybring around
he/she/itbrings around
present participlebringing around
past tensebrought around
past participlebrought around
  1. 1
    to take someone or something somewhere, especially to someone’s house

    He promised to bring the letter around in the morning.

  2. 2
    bring someone around American to persuade someone to agree with you

    Sam was sure he could bring them around to the deal.

  3. 3
    bring something around to something to introduce a new subject when speaking
    bring the conversation around to something:

    Eventually I brought the conversation around to the subject of money.

  4. 4
    bring someone around American to make someone who is unconscious become conscious

    We threw water in his face to try to bring him around.

See also main entry: bring


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play