Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It's the Viluca—Mr. Bines, you know; he's bringing his sister back to me.

The sound disturbed him, bringing premonitions of the city's unrest.

He is bringing all his powers to bear on them; and he has many and varied powers.

There was no surer way to make her suspect it than by bringing Sidney home.

Two years have passed, every day bringing more enjoyment than the last.

And now came the planters of Virginia, bringing their crops of tobacco.

Was it possible that she herself was there, in the expectation of bringing about a prodigy?

She was about eleven then, and her father was bringing her up on the ranche.

My dear Mother,—Mr. Vernon returned on Thursday night, bringing his niece with him.

"Thank you," she answered his evident purpose of bringing her to herself.


Old English bringan "to bring, bring forth, produce, present, offer" (past tense brohte, past participle broht), from Proto-Germanic *brenganan (cf. Old Frisian brenga, Middle Dutch brenghen, Old High German bringan, Gothic briggan); no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE root *bhrengk-, compound based on root *bher- (1) "to carry" (cf. Latin ferre; see infer).

The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: Old English also had a rare strong past participle form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung. To bring down the house figuratively (1754) is to elicit applause so thunderous it collapses the roof.