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Inbring, v. Also: inbryng, in bring. P.t. inbrocht. P.p. inbrocht, -broicht, -broucht, -broght, -brought. [ME. inbrynge (c 1400), p.t. (north.) imbroht (c 1325), OE. inbringan. Cf. Imbring v. Chiefly Sc.] To bring in, in various senses.

1. tr. To bring (a thing) into or to a place, to convey, transport, fetch or get in.(a) 1474 Acta Aud. 36/2.
That the sadis tenandis sall inbring & deliuer to the said abbot … the said … mele within the said abbay
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 161.
Of artilye a warld sche did in bring
1513 Doug. v. ii. 113.
Euery man … Blithly thar offerandis addressis to inbring
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 231.
It salbe leifull to all maner of persones … to inbryng … beif, muttone [etc.] … within burgh
1559 Reg. Cupar A. II. 178.
Thai sall leid and inbring ȝerelie to our place of Cowpar sax fidderis of petis
1579 Acts III. 150/2.
To inbring to our souerane lordis counȝehous … all sortis of gould and siluer
1608 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 67.
The following persons … to inbring their corn to be ground at the said mill
(c) c 1489 Liber Aberbr. 263.
To be inbrocht be the said granitar … in quheit to stuff the place in the yeir [etc.]
1582 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 568.
The townis munitioun … to be gottin inbrocht vp fra Leyth and delyuerit
1587-99 Hume 56/143.
When on this waies the buiting is inbroght
1596 Dalr. I. 61/9.
A great trie [was] with the waues of the sey inbrocht
1610 Reg. Great S. 202/1.
All kynd of corneis that salbe inbrocht thairin and that salhappin to thoill fyre … within the samyn
1693 Glasgow Chart. II. 247.
Two pennies … upon the pynte of all ale … to be either browen or inbrought … within the said town

b. To convey into a country, to bring from abroad, to import. 1450 Acts II. 39/2.
Gif ony strangeris … cum in this realme … & inbring … poyson
1522 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 99.
The gudis … wer inbrocht one ane Hollanderis bodum
1547 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 128.
All irne that beis inbrocht to this port of Leyth
1555 Ib. 219.
To ressaif the grete tymmer inbrocht be Robert Quhyntin to the Newhavin
1597 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 72.
Of all speceis of forayne gold and silver usuallie inbrocht within this cuntrey
1623 Ib. 205.
Quhat quantitie of tubacco thay … hes inbrocht or sauld within this kingdome

c. To fetch in (persons), as prisoners. 1535 Stewart 36798.
Into the tyme that tha forfaltouris inbrocht
1640-1 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 145.
To inbring thair runawayes and delyver thame … heir at Drumfries

2. spec. a. To fetch in to the appropriate receiving office or other recipient, rent, taxes, fines, debts, and the like, which one has collected as an agent; to get in, collect (moneys, etc., of this kind).(a) 1487 Acts II. 178/2.
Power to … rais the pane and inbring the sammyn to oure souerane lordis chekker
1497 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 611.
That I … sall nocht lift rais nor inbring the malis … of the said fourti schillingis land
1507 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 111.
The officeris to raise and inbring the said vnlawes … to the dene of gild
1543 Ib. II. 113.
[That they] collect and inbring all restis awand be … brethir of crafts and inputt in the said box
1638 Dundonald Par. Rec. 521.
Ane covenant quhairby the … elders … bindis themselfs to exact and inbring the penelteis to the sessioun
(c) 1488 Acts II. 207/1.
This contribucioune to be inbroicht betuix this and the xv day of Januar
1496–7 Acta Conc. II. 42.
To distrinȝe the sade lord for xl s. of unlaw to be inbrocht to the lordis because he tynt his accione
1502 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 95.
Quha can be apprehendit doand the contrair hereof sall pay v li. to Saint Gelis wark, to be rasit and inbrocht but fauowris
1563 Ib. II. 174.
Of euerye fyre hous … salbe vplift, gadderit and inbrocht be the … officeris … foure schillingis in the yeir
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Scaccarivm.
The place quhair the Kingis rentes … is inbrocht, compted and receiued

b. To bring in (confiscated goods) in this way. 1507 Reg. Privy S. I. 228/2.
That ȝe eschete the saidis gudis … and inbring the samyn, that is to say, … ane half tharof to us and mak compt of it to our thesaurer
1513 Dunferm. B. Rec. 192.
Fredome to raduce and inbring the samyn [corn] to the said burghe to be disponit be the awis of the … townne
1568 Grant Chart. 284.
To intromet, ouptak, … and inbring … the haill escheitt guidis
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii. (1699) 235.
[To] escheat and inbring all his moveable goods

c. Freq. with complements stating the use to which the moneys or goods are to be applied. Espec. in the formula for declaring goods escheat.(a) 1506 Edinb. Chart. 190.
That ye escheit the saidis guidis and inbring the samyn to our vse
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 239/2.
Full power … to rais and inbring to the Kingis use … the males, fermes [etc.]
1512 Ib. 357/1. 1527 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 249.
Wnlawis … to … modefie and the tane half tharof to applie to thar utilite … and the tother half till inbryng till … our ws
1542 Reg. Privy S. II. 754/2.
Full power … unlawis [etc.] … to rais, uplift and to his awin use for his laubouris … apply and inbring
c 1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 308.
Vnlawis … to lyft, rays, uptak, and inbryng to the propir vse … of the said erle
1604 Stewart Mem. 113.
That ye … escheit and inbring all thair movabill guidis to oure vse for thair contemptatioun
1637 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 301.
Their … amerciaments and echeats … to vpetak and inbring to the commone weill and wtillitie of the saids crafts
(c) 1487 Acts II. 178/2.
This eschete to be inbrocht be the said serchouris to our souuerane lordis vse
1494 Acta Conc. 324/1.
To serch and seik thair eschet gudis and mak the sammyn be inbrocht to the Kingis vse
1516 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 160.
That the vnlaw of thame that hes failitt may be raisit and inbrocht to the commoun workis of the toun
1548 Reg. Cupar A. II. 54.
The hereȝeldis of ilk plouchtgang of land thairof … to be vptakin and inbrocht to our vse
1549 Soc. Ant. XI. 91.
Thair gudis and geir to be inbrocht to his grace behuiff
1584 Edinb. Test. XIV. 75.
The saidis executouris to tak compt and se all thingis disponit & inbrocht for the weill of his saidis barnes
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 13.
They sall … forfalt all their … moveable gudes, to be inbroucht to the Kings vse
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii. (1699) 286.
Their moveable goods … to be escheat, and in-brought to our soveraign lords use

3. a. To bring into possession, put in possession. b. To install (tenants). c. To introduce (persons) to (the King's court).a. 1491 Ayr Fr. Pr. Chart. 62.
Withoutin ony wthir proces, … to induce and inbring the saidis … convent … to the full … possession of the said halff croft
b. 1510 Reg. Privy S. I. 329/1.
The gift … of the landis of Thanistoun … with power to furthput and inbring
1527 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 248.
Tenendis … to inbryng and out put quhow oft it salbe thocht be thame expedient
c. c1500 Fyve Bestes 374.
[The wolf] Thinkand … his allya to the court [to] inbring

4. fig. To introduce, bring forward, bring into vogue or use, etc. 1375 Barb. iii. 268.
The King … to confort thaim gan inbryng Auld storys off men that wer Set in-tyll hard assayis ser
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 908.
Sanct Paule … , That rocht of na wardly thinge Ellis that he mycht Criste inbringe
15.. Clar. i. 1466.
‘What now say ȝe of ȝour awin wadding?’ Quod he, ‘That sall I efterwart inbring … ’
1562-3 Winȝet II. 33/18.
Quhen that man … suld inbring in hidlingis pestilent errouris
Ib. 36/21.
To inbring ony nouatioun in the Kirk of God
c1590 Fowler I. 109/150.
His sone who did it [error] first in bring
1596 Dalr. I. 135/11.
He inuented and inbrocht diuerse new kyndes of superstitionis
Ib. 140 margin.
He … the vs of cuinȝet money first inbrings
1614 Melrose P. 146.
All of ws leiues lyk souldiours, … and now inbring oure selues to all militarie hardnes for futur seruice
1623 Craig iv. 12.
Sisamnes was a Persian judge, … Corrupt, … and did foule brybes in-bring

b. To bring forward, institute (a legal plea). 1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 138.
On ony maner of wyse, agayn this present wyrt mute tyl inbryng or move

5. To bring as a consequence, bring about, occasion, cause. a1400 Leg. S. xxvi. 658.
Thing that suld deuocione Inbryng or ȝet contricione
1562-3 Winȝet II. 21/16.
Quhoumekle calamitie is inbrocht be the inductioun of a new doctrine
1572 Sempill Sat. P. xxx. 116.
Quhilk hes mair barrat to his breist inbrocht, Nor all the laif
c1590 Fowler I. 128/60.
Pisces & the horned bull which saesun change inbringis
Ib. 131/136.
Than to hir … My constant fayith … great wounder sall inbring

6. To induce or persuade (a person) to do something. 1520 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 200.
Thai sall do thar vtyr power … till inbring all the laif of thar craft … for to fulfill … the premissis as thai do

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