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bring•down  (bringdoun′),USA pronunciation n. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termsa disappointment or disillusionment;
    letdown:It was quite a bringdown to find myself running last in the mayoral race.
  2. Informal Termsanything, as a cutting remark or critical action, that causes depression or deflates one's ego;
    a put-down.
n. use of v. phrase bring down;
modeled on letdown and causative of comedown]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bring /brɪŋ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], brought/brɔt/USA pronunciation  bring•ing. 
  1. to carry or cause (someone or something) to come toward the speaker;
    convey: [+ object + to + object]Can you bring the children to our party? Bring the clock to me.[+ object + object]Bring me that broken part.
  2. [+ object] to cause to come toward oneself;
    attract: The screams brought the police to the scene of the crime.
  3. to cause to occur or exist;
    produce: [+ object]The medicine brought rapid relief.[+ object + object]All his money couldn't bring him happiness.
  4. [+ object + to + object] to cause to come into a particular position, state, or condition: The jokes and funny scenes brought laughter to the audience.
  5. [+ oneself + to + verb] to persuade or force oneself to do something: I couldn't bring myself to sell those family heirlooms.
  6. [+ object] to sell for: These lamps will bring a good price.
  7. to lead to (a place, point, or direction):[+ object + to + object]This brings me to my next point: how dreams are measured by scientific means.
  8. bring about, [+ about + object] to accomplish;
    cause:The recession will bring about higher unemployment.
  9. bring around or round, [+ object + around]
    • to convince (someone) of a belief or opinion:brought her around to our point of view.
    • to restore to consciousness, as after a faint:The batter fell unconscious, but the doctor brought him around.
  10. bring down,
    • to injure, capture, or kill: [+ down + object]The hunters brought down six quail.[+ object + down]They brought the ducks down easily.
    • to cause to fall: [+ down + object]The enemy brought down only six aircraft.[+ object + down]Enemy fire brought six aircraft down.
    • Slang Terms[+ object + down] to cause to be unhappy or in low spirits:Gloomy weather really brings me down.
  11. bring forth, [+ forth + object]
    • to give birth to;
      bear: to bring forth young.
    • to give rise to;
      introduce:His study brought forth new findings.
  12. bring forward, to introduce;
    suggest: [+ object + forward]He brought his plan forward.[+ forward + object]He brought forward the plan.
  13. bring in,
    • to make money;
      produce as profit or income: [+ in + object]This new car will bring in profits.[+ object + in]This will bring lots of money in.
    • to present officially;
      submit: [+ in + object]The jury is ready to bring in a verdict.[+ object + in]The jury is ready to bring a verdict in.
    • to arrest and take to jail: [+ in + object]The police brought in the mob leader for questioning.[+ object + in]brought him in for questioning.
    • to introduce;
      cause to be part of (a job, work, or a process): [+ in + object]She brought in a new secretary.[+ object + in]wanted to bring outsiders in.
  14. bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve: [+ off + object]The generals couldn't bring offa coup.[+ object + off]They couldn't bring it off.
  15. bring on, to cause to happen or exist: [+ on + object]The bright lights brought on a crushing headache.[+ object + on]What brought the flu on?
  16. bring out,
    • to reveal or cause to appear or be seen: [+ out + object]That difficult job brought out the bad side of her nature.[+ object + out]She has a bad temper, and working at that difficult job brought it out.
    • [+ out + object] to make noticeable;
      emphasize:That blue sweater brings out the color of your eyes.
    • to publish or produce: [+ out + object]The company brought out a new product.[+ object + out]The company brought the new car out with a lot of publicity.
  17. bring to,
    • [+ object + to] to bring back to consciousness:tried to bring the accident victim to.
  18. bring up,
    • to care for and educate during childhood;
      rear: [+ up + object]They brought up their children with sound values.[+ object + up]My father brought us up alone.
    • to introduce or mention for attention or consideration: [+ object + up]Why don't you bring that idea up at the next club meeting?[+ up + object]We weren't allowed to bring up your new idea.
    • to vomit: [+ up + object]bringing up her baby food again.[+ object + up]The baby food must not agree with her because she's bringing it up again.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bring  (bring),USA pronunciation v.t.,  brought, bring•ing. 
  1. to carry, convey, conduct, or cause (someone or something) to come with, to, or toward the speaker:Bring the suitcase to my house. He brought his brother to my office.
  2. to cause to come to or toward oneself;
    attract:Her scream brought the police. He brought honor to his family by his heroism.
  3. to cause to occur or exist:The medication brought instant relief.
  4. to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect:to bring the car to a stop.
  5. to cause to appear or occur in the mind;
    evoke or recall:The letter brought her memories of youth.
  6. to persuade, convince, compel, or induce:She couldn't bring herself to sell the painting.
  7. to sell for;
    fetch:These lamps will bring a good price.
  8. Lawto commence:to bring an action for damages.
  9. bring about, to accomplish;
    cause:Land reform brought about a great change in the lives of the common people.
  10. bring around or  round: 
    • to convince of a belief or opinion;
      persuade:I think we can bring him around to agreeing with the plan.
    • to restore to consciousness, as after a faint.
    • to bring as a visitor:They brought around a new employee this morning.
  11. bring down: 
    • to injure, capture, or kill:He brought down several ducks on his last hunting trip.
    • to lessen;
      reduce:I won't buy that lamp unless they bring down the price.
    • [Slang.]to cause to be in low spirits;
      depress:The bad news brought him down.
  12. bring forth: 
    • to give birth to;
      bear:to bring forth a son.
    • to give rise to;
      introduce:to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
  13. bring forward: 
    • to bring to view;
    • to present for consideration;
      adduce:to bring forward an opinion.
  14. bring in: 
    • to yield, as profits or income:My part-time job doesn't bring in much, but I enjoy it.
    • to present officially;
      submit:The jury brought in its verdict.
    • to cause to operate or yield:They brought in a gusher on his property.
    • to present for consideration, approval, etc.;
      introduce:She brought in six new members last month.
  15. bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve (something):He brought off his speech with ease.
  16. bring on: 
    • to cause to happen or exist;
      bring about:This incident will surely bring on a crisis.
    • to introduce;
      cause to appear:Bring on the clowns.
  17. bring out: 
    • to expose;
    • to make noticeable or conspicuous in a contrast.
    • to publish, as a book or play.
    • to introduce officially into society:to bring out a debutante.
  18. bring to: 
    • to bring back to consciousness;
    • Naval Terms[Naut.]to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
  19. bring up: 
    • to care for during childhood;
    • to introduce or mention for attention, discussion, action, or consideration.
    • to vomit.
    • to stop or cause to stop quickly:to bring up a car at the curb.
    • Naval Terms[Naut.](of a vessel) to cause to halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground;
      fetch up.
bringer, n. 
  • bef. 950; Middle English bringen, Old English bringan; cognate with Dutch brengen, German bringen, Gothic briggan
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged transport;
      lead, guide.
      Bring, fetch, take imply conveying or conducting in relation to the place where the speaker is. To
      bring is simply to convey or conduct:Bring it to me. I'm permitted to bring my dog here with me.It is the opposite of
      take, which means to convey or conduct away from the place where the speaker is:Bring it back here. Take it back there.Fetch means to go, get, and bring back:Fetch me that bottle.

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bring down vb (tr, adverb)
  1. to cause to fall


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