Usage note: causeX causes YChildhood obesity can cause/lead to long-term health problems.Changes in lifestyle and diet over the last twenty years have caused/led to/resulted in a sharp increase in childhood obesity.Several factors, including changes in diet and lifestyle, have contributed to the increase in childhood obesity.Research suggests that fast food and soft drinks directly contribute to childhood obesity.Genetics, lifestyle and diet are all important factors in cases of childhood obesity.Even small changes in lifestyle and diet can bring about significant weight loss. Language Banks at because of, consequently, therefore
come with somebody/something1 to come to a place with somebody/somethingbring somebody/something (with you) Don't forget to bring your books with you.bring somebody/something to something She brought her boyfriend to the party.bring something for somebody Bring a present for Helen.bring somebody something Bring Helen a present.
provide2 to provide somebody/something with somethingbring somebody/something sth His writing brings him $10000 a year.bring something to somebody/something The team's new manager brings ten years' experience to the job.
cause3 bring something to cause somethingThe revolution brought many changes.The news brought tears to his eyes(= made him cry).Retirement usually brings with it a massive drop in income.4 bring somebody/something + adverb/preposition to cause somebody/something to be in a particular condition or placeto bring a meeting to an endBring the water to the boil.Mismanagement had brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy.The article brought her into conflict with the authorities.Hello Simon! What brings you here?
make somebody/something move5 to make somebody/something move in a particular direction or waybring somebody/something + adverb/preposition The judge brought his hammer down on the table.bring somebody/something running Her cries brought the neighbours running (= made them run to her).
accusation6 bring something (against somebody) to officially accuse somebody of a crimeto bring a charge/a legal action/an accusation against somebody
force yourself7 bring yourself to do something to force yourself to do somethingShe could not bring herself to tell him the news.
Idioms containing bring are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example bring somebody/something to heel is at heel.
bring something aboutto make something happen
SynonymcauseWhat brought about the change in his attitude?
bring somebody around(North American English) = bring somebody round
bring something around to something(North American English) = bring something round to something
bring somebody/something backto return somebody/somethingPlease bring back all library books by the end of the week.He brought me back (= gave me a ride home) in his car.
bring something back1 to make somebody remember something or think about it againThe photographs brought back many pleasant memories.2 to make something that existed before be introduced again
SynonymreintroduceMost people are against bringing back the death penalty.
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bring something back (for somebody)to return with something for somebodyWhat did you bring the kids back from Italy?I brought a T-shirt back for Mark.
bring somebody/something before somebody(formal) to present somebody/something for discussion or judgementThe matter will be brought before the committee.He was brought before the court and found guilty.
bring somebody down1 to make somebody lose power or be defeatedThe scandal may bring down the government.2 (in sports) to make somebody fall overHe was brought down in the penalty area.
bring something down1 to reduce somethingWe aim to bring down prices on all our computers.2 to land an aircraftThe pilot managed to bring the plane down in a field.3 to make an aircraft fall out of the skyTwelve enemy fighters had been brought down.4 to make an animal or a bird fall down or fall out of the sky by killing or wounding itHe brought down the bear with a single shot.
bring somebody/something forth(old use or formal) to give birth to somebody; to produce somethingShe brought forth a son.trees bringing forth fruit
bring something forward1 to move something to an earlier date or timeThe meeting has been brought forward from 10 May to 3 May.2 to suggest something for discussionPlease bring the matter forward at the next meeting.3 to move a total sum from the bottom of one page or column of numbers to the top of the nextA credit balance of $50 was brought forward from his September account.
bring somebody in1 to ask somebody to do a particular job or to be involved in somethingLocal residents were angry at not being brought in on (= asked for their opinion about) the new housing proposal.bring somebody in to do something Experts were brought in to advise the government.2 (of the police) to bring somebody to a police station in order to ask them questions or arrest themTwo men were brought in for questioning.
bring somebody/something in1 to introduce a new lawThey want to bring in a bill to limit arms exports.2 to attract somebody/something to a place or businessWe need to bring in a lot more new business.3 to give a decision in courtThe jury brought in a verdict of guilty.
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bring in somethingto make or earn a particular amount of moneyHis freelance work brings him in about $20000 a year.The garage sale brought in about £200.How much does she bring in now?
bring something offto succeed in doing something difficult
Synonympull offIt was a difficult task but we brought it off.The goalie brought off a superb save.
bring somebody onto help somebody develop or improve while they are learning to do something
bring something on1 to make something develop, usually something unpleasant
SynonymcauseHe was suffering from stress brought on by overwork.2 to make crops, fruit, etc. grow well
bring something on yourself/somebodyto be responsible for something unpleasant that happens to you/somebodyI have no sympathy—you brought it all on yourself.He has brought shame and disgrace on the whole family.
bring somebody out(British English) to make people go on strike
bring somebody out of himself, herself, etc.to help somebody to feel more confidentShe's a shy girl who needs friends to bring her out of herself.
bring something out1 to make something appearA crisis brings out the best in her.2 to make something easy to see or understandThat dress really brings out the colour of your eyes.3 to produce something; to publish somethingThe band have just brought out their second album.
bring somebody out in somethingto make somebody's skin be covered in spots, etcThe heat brought him out in a rash.
bring somebody round(British English) (North American English bring somebody around) (also bring somebody to) to make somebody who is unconscious become conscious again
bring somebody round (to…)(British English) (North American English bring somebody around) to bring somebody to somebody's houseBring the family round one evening. We'd love to meet them.
bring somebody round (to something)(British English) (North American English bring somebody around) to persuade somebody to agree to somethingHe didn't like the plan at first, but we managed to bring him round.
bring something round to something(British English) (North American English bring something around to something) to direct a conversation to a particular subject
bring somebody to= bring somebody round
bring A and B togetherto help two people or groups to end a disagreementThe loss of their son brought the two of them together.
bring somebody up1 [often passive] to care for a child, teaching him or her how to behave, etc.
SynonymraiseShe brought up five children.He was brought up by his aunt.a well/badly brought up childbring somebody up to do something They were brought up to (= taught as children to) respect authority.+ noun I was brought up a Catholic. related noun upbringing2 (law) to make somebody appear for trialHe was brought up on a charge of drunken driving.
bring something up1 to mention a subject or start to talk about it
SynonymraiseBring it up at the meeting.2 (British English) to vomitto bring up your lunch3 to make something appear on a computer screenClick with the right mouse button to bring up a new menu.