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To make something start to exist or happen

catalyze

verb

to cause something to happen, especially in way that involves a lot of change

bring about

to make something happen, especially to cause changes in a situation

start off

to make something begin

create

verb

to make something new or original that did not exist before

trigger

verb

to make something happen

form

verb

to make something exist or develop

inaugurate

verb

to start or introduce something new and important

invent

verb

to develop a new theory, style, or method that did not exist before

set off

to cause something to operate, especially by accident

make

verb

to create or produce something by working

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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