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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybring up
he/she/itbrings up
present participlebringing up
past tensebrought up
past participlebrought up
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  1. 1
    [often passive] to look after a child until he or she becomes an adult
    She brought up three sons on her own.
    He was brought up by his grandmother.
    1. a.
      to teach a child to behave in a particular way or to have particular beliefs
      bring someone up to be/do something: Our parents brought us up to believe in our own abilities.
    2. b.
      used for saying where or how someone lived when they were a child
      He was born and brought up in India.
      be brought up on something: These kids have been brought up on a diet of junk food and endless television.
    See also educate
  2. 2
    to start discussing a subject
    Brown said the issue would be brought up again at the next climate convention.
    I hate to bring this up but you still owe me £50.
  3. 4
    bring someone up on charges of something to make someone go to court because they have been accused of doing something wrong
See also main entry: bring


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