The word ‘bring‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, it involves an action of carrying an object to a place or produce a state or condition.

For example:

  • I’ve brought us a pizza for lunch. (carry an object)
  • Our pet dog died last night, he brought us so much joy. (produce a state)


Bring is an irregular verb. The past tense is brought and the past participle is brought.

phrasal verbs with bring

Phrasal verbs with ‘bring’ include:

  • bring about
    meaning – make happen
    example – A lot of changes have been brought about by advances in technology.
  • bring back
    meaning – carry an object back when you return, make something return to your memory
    example – Can you bring me back an ice cream from the shop please?
  • bring down
    meaning – lose power
    example – The citizens worked together to bring down the government.
  • bring forward
    meaning – change the date or time of something so it`s earlier
    example – Your work has been exceptional lately. So, I’m bringing forward your pay review meeting.
  • bring on
    meaning – invite a person to the stage, make something to happen
    example – Ladies and gentlemen, I’m now going to bring on tonight’s special guest.
  • bring out
    meaning – release a product, to make a certain quality show
    example – The boyband will be bringing out a new single next year.
  • bring over
    meaning – carry an item to another place where you are heading
    example – Don’t forget to bring over your speaker, mine is broken.
  • bring someone round
    meaning – make an unconscious person become conscious
    example – Alex is in an induced coma; the doctor will bring him round in a few days.
  • bring up
    meaning – raise a child, vomit, raise a new topic for conversation
    example – Does anyone have any issues to bring up regarding the new working hours?

picture phrasal verbs with bring

phrasal verbs with bring

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘bring’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with bring - bring about
phrasal verbs with bring - bring back
phrasal verbs with bring - bring down
phrasal verbs with bring - bring forward
phrasal verbs with bring - bring on
phrasal verbs with bring - bring out
phrasal verbs with bring - bring over
phrasal verbs with bring - bring round
phrasal verbs with bring - bring up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with bring below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with bring, how about learning the idioms with bring too?

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