Did you know?

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

bring back - 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.



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 back
he/she/itbrings back
present participlebringing back
past tensebrought back
past participlebrought back
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    to cause ideas, feelings, or memories to be in your mind again

    Do these stories bring back any memories?

    bring it all back (=make someone remember everything):

    Seeing him again brought it all back.

  2. 2
    to start using or doing things that were used or done in the past

    He wants to bring back the glamour of the old Hollywood movies.

  3. 3
    to give someone a job or position that they had in the past

    The rebels are attempting to bring back the exiled president.

  4. 4
    to bring something with you when you come back from a place

    He always brings me back something nice when he goes overseas.

  5. 5
    bring someone back to make a dead person live again

    Anger won’t bring Jim back,” she said.

    1. a.
      to save someone’s life when they have almost died

      Her heart stopped three times, but they brought her back.

  6. 6
    bring someone back to something used for saying that you are going to talk about a subject that you have already talked about

    This brings us back to the obvious question: Why do we bother to watch the program at all?

See also main entry: bring

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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