One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur.‘ulcers are not brought on by a rich diet’
cause, be the cause of, make happen, bring about, give rise to, begin, create, produce, originate, occasion, effect, engender, spawn, lead to, result in, precipitate, provoke, trigger, trigger off, spark, spark off, touch off, stir up, whip up, induce, fosterView synonyms
- ‘The next step is to visualize this image whenever a situation brings on negative emotions.’
- ‘Is there a precipitating event that brings it on?’
- ‘Stress also brings on illness.’
- ‘Occasionally the blockage is brought on by spasm of the muscle walls of the coronary arteries.’
- ‘It's this invasion of pollen that brings on serious allergies.’
- 1.1bring something on/upon Be responsible for something unpleasant that happens to (oneself or someone else)‘he's brought it upon himself—he's not a victim’
- ‘Are you glad that you brought this terror upon us all?’
- ‘There's not much indication here that they brought their own doom upon them.’
- ‘Sometimes, he really brought these things upon himself.’
- ‘Some have said we have brought the current troubles upon ourselves.’
- ‘The country has brought its own fate upon itself.’
2(of the weather) promote the growth of crops.
- ‘The combination of an early spring and warm sunny weather brought on ripening, and harvesting at the end of February.’
- ‘I would speculate that the cool weather we experienced the last three weeks brought them on.’
- ‘Warm weather has brought on a lot of home-grown crops.’
- ‘Chocolate bloom develops naturally with time, but it can be brought on prematurely.’
- ‘Early spring has brought on crops of wheat and oilseed rape about a month in advance of normal.’
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