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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybring before
he/she/itbrings before
present participlebringing before
past tensebrought before
past participlebrought before
  1. 1
    bring someone before something/someone to make someone go to court because they have been accused of doing something wrong

    He had never been charged or brought before a judge.

  2. 2
    bring something before something to arrange for a case to be discussed in a court, committee, or legislature

    They plan to bring the issue before the U.N. Security Council.

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