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English definition of “bring up someone”

bring up someone

verb [T] phrasal verb with bring  /brɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle brought  /brɔt/) us  

(care for)

to care for a child until it is an adult: An aunt brought him up. He was brought up on jazz (= experienced it a lot as a child).
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