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Imbring, v. P.p. imbrocht, -brought. [Var. of Inbring v.] 1. To bring in, import, introduce. (In literal senses.)(a) a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xcviii. 42.
Gif ȝe … For ȝour support the Englismen imbring
1658 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 174.
That no … persone … away take or imbring ane ane utheris young wood
(c) 1598 Acts IV. 164/2.
That cair be takin … how the said cunȝiehous may gang, bulȝeoun be imbrocht [etc.]
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 57.
Gif in their default the saidis extracts are not imbrocht
1626 Stirling's Royal Lett. I. 94.
Impost due to be payed for wynes to be imbrocht within the port of Leith
1666 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 162.
[Their cori] alsewell growing as imbrought

2. To bring in, collect (money or goods). 1574 Conv. Burghs I. 31.
The … commissionaris … ordanisthat … thay salbe onlie vpliftit and imbrocht twa thowsand merkis alanerly
1586 Inverness B. Rec. I. 305.
To put thame to the horne, escheting and imbringyne thair gudis … to our wse for thair contemptioun
1586 Moysie 58.
Ane voluntar subsedie … to be imbrocht vpone the Kingis owin missive letter
1617 Acts IV. 540/2.
The saidis instices to giff vp … notes in wreat to the auditoures … of the fynes imbrocht to thame

3. fig. a. To bring in as a conclusion, infer. b. To bring forward, adduce. 1573 Cath. Tr. 20/8.
We do consequentlie imbring that … the kirk necessarlie man be visible
a1585, a1568 Montg. P. xxxii. 49.
Amangis thir exemplis all, we may imbring, How thow preserwit David frome Saull

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