The Past Tense of Bring: Here’s What It Is and How to Use It

If you have ever been curious about the correct english grammar of the past tense of bring, this article will clear that up plus give you a look into the history of the word, the definition, and everything else you could want to learn about the word.

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What is the Definition of the Word Bring?

The word bring is defined as:

to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded 

I am bringing a bottle of wine to the party

to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as

to cause to come into a particular state or condition 

bring water to a boil

 to bear as an attribute or characteristic 

brings years of experience to the position

to cause to exist or occur: 

winter brings snow

How do you Conjugate the English Language Verb Forms of Bring?

Here are the other irregular verb conjugations in standard english of the english verb bring:

Base Form (Infinitive)/ Present TenseBring 
Simple Past TenseBrought
Future ContinuousBringing
Present ParticipleBringing
Past Participle of BringBrought

The History and Origin of the Word

The word bring is used in12th century to mean bring forth or produce. In the 13th and 14th centuries, to describe the cause to fall or to effect, accomplish something or to bring up (nurture). The roots of “bring” originate from the German and Celtic languages. The Proto-Germanic word is bringjanan, meaning to attest, declare, or assure, and the PIE root bhrengk or bher meaning to bear children. In the 1500s, the word was used to humiliate and to reduce or lessen. The figurative sayings bring down the house (applause so loud the roof collapses) and bring up the rear (move onward at the rear) can be attributed to the 1700s.

Synonyms for Bring

Beget- to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth 

Violence only begets more violence.
Bring about- to cause to take place : EFFECT
Bring on-  to cause to appear or occur
Catalyze-  to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) 

an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of the sugars
Cause- something that brings about an effect or a result 

trying to find the cause of the accident
Generate-  to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) 

these stories … generate a good deal of psychological suspense — Atlantic

Example Sentences With the Word Bring

“Should I send you a check?” “Why not just bring me the money when you come?” 
Have you brought the money with you from the bank to pay for lessons to learn english (esl)? 
 He/she brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents.
Have you brought home the modal fabric from the craft store?
 Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places. 
 This radio station brings you all the news as it happens.

Examples of the Word in Context

  • Lane hopes to bring a drag show back to the Walker’s famed stage.
     Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, “The Avenue’s Black drag queens cemented Indy’s queer visibility. But history forgot them.,” 30 Aug. 2020 
  • Right now, the priority is to get the water flowing again and to bring back native vegetation, like cottonwood trees, and attract the wildlife that thrives in that environment.
     Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, “Progress is made to restore the Gila River’s flow in metro Phoenix after decades of planning,” 30 Aug. 2020 
  • While all Baltimore-area schools have decided to begin the school year virtually, Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday strongly encouraged them to bring students back to the classrooms this fall — even offering financial incentive to do so.
     Hallie Miller,, “Coronavirus in Maryland: 5 takeaways from the week,” 28 Aug. 2020 
  • Thomas said that as some colleges bring students back on campus, testing wastewater from dorms could be an effective technique — along with individual testing and contact tracing — to manage the spread of the virus.
     Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, “The University of Arizona says it caught a dorm’s covid-19 outbreak before it started. Its secret weapon: Poop.,” 28 Aug. 2020 
  • Another piece of the past the family may bring back is live music.
     Ian Mcnulty,, “See what’s new (and revived) for menu and bar at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant,” 28 Aug. 2020 
  • The expiration of the $600 enhanced unemployment benefits on July 25 and slowing economic numbers are helping to bring both parties back to the negotiating table.
     Lance Lambert, Fortune, “Stimulus talks to resume: White House and Pelosi to discuss coronavirus checks and extra unemployment benefits,” 27 Aug. 2020 
  • And now the Ventana Wildlife Society of Monterey is trying to raise $500,000 to rebuild the habitat, research station and breeding facility that helped bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction four decades ago.
     Steve Rubenstein,, “Fires destroy Big Sur condor sanctuary,” 26 Aug. 2020 
  • Even in a situation in which Neo accidentally hits John Wick’s dog with his car, Reeves theorized Neo would bring the dog back to life by manipulating the Matrix and then team up with John.
     Nick Romano,, “John Wick vs. Neo: Keanu Reeves has a totally excellent answer for who would win in a fight,” 26 Aug. 2020


Next time you need to write the word bring, you will be well prepared for everything you need to know what it is and how to use it efficiently. You should feel confident with the different conjugations, the history of the word, and the definition.