bring up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybring up
he/she/itbrings up
present participlebringing up
past tensebrought up
past participlebrought up
  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. 3
    to make food or drink come back up from your stomach through your mouth
  4. 4
    bring someone up on charges of something to make someone go to court because they have been accused of doing something wrong
  5. 5
    bring someone up short to make someone stop what they are doing or saying because they are very surprised
See also main entry: bring