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English verb: bring up

1. bring up (creation) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

SamplesRaise the specter of unemployment.
He conjured wild birds in the air.
Call down the spirits from the mountain.

Synonymsarouse, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, bless, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict

Verb groupcall forth, evoke, kick up, provoke

2. bring up (social) bring up

SamplesRaise a family.
Bring up children.

Synonymsnurture, parent, raise, rear

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)cradle, fledge, foster

Causegrow up

3. bring up (social) promote from a lower position or rank

SamplesThis player was brought up to the major league.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade

4. bring up (motion) raise from a lower to a higher position

SamplesRaise your hands.
Lift a load.

ExamplesThe men bring up the chairs

Synonymselevate, get up, lift, raise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)boost, chin, chin up, erect, gather up, get up, heighten, hike, hike up, hoist, hoist, hoist, jack, jack up, kick up, leaven, levitate, lift, lift up, pick up, pinnacle, prove, pump, raise, rear, run up, shoulder, skid, trice, trice up, underlay, wind

Causearise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise

Antonymsbring down, let down, lower, take down, get down

5. bring up (motion) cause to come to a sudden stop

SamplesThe noise brought her up in shock.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)stop

6. bring up (communication) put forward for consideration or discussion

SamplesRaise the question of promotions.
Bring up an unpleasant topic.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer

7. bring up (communication) make reference to

SamplesHis name was mentioned in connection with the invention.

Synonymsadvert, cite, mention, name, refer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have in mind, mean, think of

Narrower (hyponym)appeal, bring up, cite, commend, cross-refer, drag up, dredge up, invoke, namedrop, quote, raise, remember, remember, speak of the devil, touch on

8. bring up (body) cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes

SamplesBoot your computer.

Synonymsboot, reboot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)resuscitate, revive

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