bring about

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bring about cause to happen, occur or exist "This procedure produces a curious effect","The new law gave rise to many complaints","These chemicals produce a noxious vapor","the new President must bring about a change in the health care system"
    • v bring about cause to move into the opposite direction "they brought about the boat when they saw a storm approaching"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The song "Happy Birthday" brings in about $2 million in licensing revenue to Warner Communications who hold the copyright to the song
    • Bring about to cause to take place
    • Bring about to bring to pass, effect
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Quotations

  • Malcolm X
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    “Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.”
  • Henry Miller
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    “Instead of asking -- How much damage will the work in question bring about? why not ask -- How much good? How much joy?”
  • John Wilmot
    John Wilmot
    “Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.”
  • Donald Rumsfeld
    Donald Rumsfeld
    “Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bringan, to carry, to bring; allied perh. to Bear.

Usage

In literature:

The intercourse which it would have necessitated could hardly have failed in time to bring about a more perfect union.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Light, as we know, does bring about chemical reactions, and even exerts a definite physical force or pressure.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
And bring a hornet's nest about us!
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
On the other hand, a resemblance of form may bring about a contamination of meaning.
"The Romance of Words (4th ed.)" by Ernest Weekley
To bring about this happy result, free intermarriage should be furthered in every possible way.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Whatever you do, ma'am, do not speak to the bride about it, or there is no knowing what you may bring upon yourself.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The work of "popularization" consists in bringing about this contagion.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
I want to judge whether nothing can be done to bring about her union with him.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
To bring about such a progress we must offer the child a systematic, complex material, corresponding to his natural instincts.
"Spontaneous Activity in Education" by Maria Montessori
As soon as we heard about it Father relented, and I went right down to Peterboro to see Missy and bring her home.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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In poetry:

For you, my love
Brings forth tears, did it not
My Chinese robe
About the breast
Would burn with the fire of my passion.
"For you, my love" by Ki no Tsurayuki
'I see two stalwart apple trees
Coupled by branches intertwined
And, springing all about,
Staunch saplings; to this house, thriving days
Will bring crop's increase, and harvest fruit
Follow on kind wind.'
"Crystal Gazer" by Sylvia Plath
Are we grown old and past the time of singing?
Is ardor quenched in art
Till art is but a formal figure, bringing
A money-measured heart,
Procrustean cut, and, with old echoes, ringing
Its bells about the mart?
"Protest" by John Charles McNeill
Oh, many are the winds about the seas a-singing,
Oh, many are the songs they sing both night and noon:
But whether it be good or ill that they come bringing
The best of all's the wind that blows us home in June.
"The Sailor's Garden" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Bring torches! Wind the penance-sheet
"About her! Let her shun the chaste,
"Or lay herself before their feet!
"Shall she, whose body I embraced
"A night long, queen it in the day?
"For honour's sake no crowns, I say!"
"Count Gismond--Aix in Provence" by Robert Browning
And Dick, you say, is coming too. And Billy? ah! it's true
We buried him at Gettysburg: I mind the spot; do you?
A little field below the hill,--it must be green this May;
Perhaps that's why the fields about bring him to me to-day.
"The Old Major Explains" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Emanuel Ungaro may be fixated on bringing caché to the brand with Lindsay Lohan's face, but Ohne Titel designers Flora Gill and Alexa Adams have very different — and refreshing — ideas about how to grow their brand.
It took years of deregulation to bring about fall.
Traverso argues Cox's speeches about the downfall of the government did not merit an FBI investigation because Cox explicitly said multiple times that he did not want to bring down the government himself.
When newly-minted agency leaders come to Washington, they often bring with them ideas about how government works — or at least how it should.
The popular iPhone game Words with Friends can do just about anything: make people smarter, bring people together, even make Alec Baldwin seem even kookier than he already is.
In every issue of The Camp Verde Journal, we bring you stories about the town, fire districts and the lives of your neighbors.
Calls to 800 806-7187 with a touch-tone telephone bring a choice of recordings about the Tower of London, home of the British crown jewels.
There's something about playing Union Local that brings out the best in Spencer Badia.
The Western Conference finals are sure to bring about comparisons between a pair of super subs: Oklahoma City's James Harden and the Spurs' Manu Ginobili.
There's a family in Rockland who knows all too well about the syndrome, and now, they're hoping surgery, rarely used for Tourette 's, will bring relief.
One thing about Christmas it always brings more trash than the big blue cannister can handle, so what are you going to do with all that extra rubbish.
When news came out last week that women are actually bringing photos of Michele Bachmann (above) to their stylists, it got us thinking about politicians with great hair.
Your almost-daily articles about the Seneca County Courthouse bring back memories of Trilby Elementary School, which was torn down about a year ago.
Each of these snakes is worth about $800, bringing his theft to about $4,000.
Actors Luke Ganalon and Benito Martinez talk about bringing the classic New Mexico novel "Bless Me, Ultima " to life on the big screen.
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In science:

Equalizing Eq. (7) and Eq. (13) and employing the inverse Fourier transform, one can recover the only f (ξ ), which brings about a Gaussian tail for pN (x).
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
These pairwise and trio-wise units are shown to bring about some unique features of spin-2 BECs such as a huge jump in magnetization from minimum to maximum possible values and the robustness of the minimum-magnetization state against an applied magnetic field.
Theory of spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates: spin-correlations, magnetic response, and excitation spectra
This analogy brings about the question of universality of structure formation in ensemble of particles with energy losses of different nature. A related, largely unexplored issue is cluster coarsening.
Symmetry breaking and coarsening of clusters in a prototypical driven granular gas
In order to transform (9.16) we need to bring about some preliminary calculations.
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
The addition of few tens of parts per million (by weight) of long-chain polymers to turbulent fluids can bring about a reduction of the friction drag by up to 80% .
A simple model for drag reduction
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