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"Bring about" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "provocar", and "bring on" is a transitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "provocar". Learn more about the difference between "bring about" and "bring on" below.
bring about(
brihng
 
uh
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baut
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to cause)
a. provocar
It was the senator's refusal to compromise on this policy that eventually brought about his downfall.Fue la intransigencia del senador respecto a esta política lo que finalmente provocó su caída.
b. ocasionar
I was surprised, and couldn't help wondering what had brought about this change of heart.Me sorprendí, y no pude evitar preguntarme qué podría haber ocasionado este cambio de actitud.
c. traer consigo
It was hoped that the marriage would bring about a reconciliation between the two warring clans.Se esperaba que la boda trajera consigo una reconciliación entre los dos clanes en guerra.
2. (nautical)
a. hacer virar
It was almost impossible to bring the ship about in such heavy seas.Era casi imposible hacer virar el barco en la mar gruesa que había.
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bring on(
brihng
 
an
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to cause)
a. provocar
The doctors suspected that a neurological condition had brought on the sudden change in Ralph's behavior.Los médicos creían que una condición neurológica había provocado el cambio repentino en el comportamiento de Ralph.
2. (to cause to appear)
a. hacer salir
And now, they're going to bring on the dancing bears.Y ahora van a hacer salir a los osos bailarines.
3. (to help to improve) (United Kingdom)
a. ayudar a mejorar
The older employees always do everything they can to bring on the younger ones.Los empleados mayores siempre hacen todo lo posible para ayudar a mejorar los más jóvenes.
b. potenciar el talento de
David wants to bring his new recruits on so that they can be self-sufficient as soon as possible.David quiere potenciar el talento de sus nuevas adquisiciones para que puedan ser autosuficentes lo más pronto posible.
4. (to bring to)
a. hacer que caiga sobre
The sailors believed the albatross would bring bad luck on them.Los marineros creían que el albatros haría que cayera la mala suerte sobre ellos.
b. traer
Those men have brought disgrace on their country with their actions.Esos hombres han traído desgracia a su país con sus actos.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to hire)
a. sumar
We'd like to bring you on if you're still interested in the position.Nos gustaría sumarte si todavía estás interesado en el trabajo.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to bring; often used as a command)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The beer's all gone; bring on the whiskey!Se acabó la cerveza; ¡que venga el whiskey!
We're in an Indian restaurant after all; bring on the spice!Como estamos en un restaurante indio, ¡que lo hagan picante!
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