bring about


brought about; bringing about; brings about

transitive verb

: to cause to take place : effect

Examples of bring about in a Sentence

I promise: making one mistake will not bring about the apocalypse.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bring about was in the 14th century

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“Bring about.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

bring about

: to cause to happen : accomplish

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