upbringing

Your upbringing is how you were raised as a child. You might have had a rough upbringing or a gentler one, but at least you made it this far.

Looking at the base “bring” in upbringing, we find a Germanic origin meaning "to carry." You might consider the "carry" idea as a way to remember the word, considering a parent "carries" a child to adulthood, providing what then becomes the child’s upbringing.

Definitions of upbringing
  1. noun
    helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
    synonyms: breeding, bringing up, fosterage, fostering, nurture, raising, rearing
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    type of:
    acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization
    the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  2. noun
    properties acquired during a person's formative years
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    types:
    breeding, education, training
    the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
    nurture, raising, rearing
    the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
    type of:
    heritage, inheritance
    any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors
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