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bring about (something)
To cause something to happen. That landmark civil rights case brought about great societal change. We're concerned that the merger will bring about layoffs, among other things.
bring something about
to make something happen. Is she clever enough to bring it about? Oh, yes, she can bring about anything she wants.
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.
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.