bring on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybring on
he/she/itbrings on
present participlebringing on
past tensebrought on
past participlebrought on
  1. 1
    to be the cause of something bad, especially an illness

    I don’t know what’s brought this on – he’s usually so friendly.

  2. 2

    bring on

    or

    bring upon

    to make something bad happen to someone
    bring something on/upon someone/something:

    He accused her of bringing shame and disgrace on the family.

See also main entry: bring