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To cause something to happen. That landmark civil rights case brought about great societal upheaval. The CEO said he was determined to bring changes about that would ensure the companies viability well into the future. We're concerned that the merger will bring about more layoffs, among other things.
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bring something about
to make something happen. Is she clever enough to bring it about? Oh, yes, she can bring about anything she wants.
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Also, bring to pass. Make something happen, accomplish or result in something. For example, The revised tax code brought about considerable changes in accounting. The first term dates from the 1400s, and the variant, today considered rather formal, from the first half of the 1500s. Also see bring on, def. 1.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To cause something to happen, especially an overall change: The invention of the internal-combustion engine brought about a huge shift in people's mobility. The new manager decided it was time to bring some changes about.
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