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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
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  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 films.
  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
    Travellers brought back news of the outside world.
    He always brings me back something nice when he goes abroad.
  5. 5
    bring someone back to make a dead person live again
    ‘Anger won’t bring Jim back,’ she said.
    1. a.
      to save someones 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 programme at all?
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