Meaning of “upbringing” in the English Dictionary

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"upbringing" in British English

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upbringingnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈʌpˌbrɪŋ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈʌpˌbrɪŋ.ɪŋ/

B2 the way in which you are treated and educated when young, especially by your parents, especially in relation to the effect that this has on how you behave and make moral decisions:

Is it right to say all the crimes he committed were simply the result of his upbringing?
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  • The children had had a harsh upbringing.
  • Is it right to say all the crimes he committed were simply the result of his upbringing?
  • I wonder what it was about her upbringing that made her so insecure.
  • He rebelled against his strict upbringing.
  • Your Dad's upbringing was totally different to mine.

(Definition of “upbringing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"upbringing" in American English

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upbringingnoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈʌpˌbrɪŋ·ɪŋ/

the way in which someone is treated and trained as a child:

Who can argue with the healthy upbringing of happy children?

(Definition of “upbringing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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