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
- ‘Is there a precipitating event that brings it on?’
- ‘Stress also brings on illness.’
- ‘The next step is to visualize this image whenever a situation brings on negative emotions.’
- ‘It's this invasion of pollen that brings on serious allergies.’
- ‘Occasionally the blockage is brought on by spasm of the muscle walls of the coronary arteries.’
- 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’
- ‘The country has brought its own fate upon itself.’
- ‘Are you glad that you brought this terror upon us all?’
- ‘Sometimes, he really brought these things upon himself.’
- ‘There's not much indication here that they brought their own doom upon them.’
- ‘Some have said we have brought the current troubles upon ourselves.’
2(of the weather) promote the growth of crops.
- ‘Warm weather has brought on a lot of home-grown crops.’
- ‘Early spring has brought on crops of wheat and oilseed rape about a month in advance of normal.’
- ‘Chocolate bloom develops naturally with time, but it can be brought on prematurely.’
- ‘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.’
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