To cause something means to make something happen. A person or thing can cause an event or situation either purposely or accidentally.
Ex: While serving a large table of politicians, a waiter spilled ten glasses of drinks on the guests. The waiter's mistake caused him to be sacked.
Ex: Last winter, an unexpectedly cold winter caused many car accidents on the road because many people are not used to driving on ice.
Cause is also used as a noun to describe the things that lead up to something. For example, working hard and paying attention in class is the main cause of success in college.
Ex: Doctors are still unaware of all the causes of cancer. However, they do know that spending too much time in the sun is one of the main factors leading to skin cancer.
Ex: If you don't know why you are feeling sick, consider seeing a doctor. An experienced physician can help identify the likely cause of your illness.
When you bring something on, you intentionally cause it to happen. Therefore, to bring on an event means to purposely act in a way that causes it to take place.
Ex: The soccer team practiced for months over the summer. They had a poor year last year and hoped their extra efforts would bring on more success this season.
Ex: After studying to become a chef, my brother's skills in the kitchen brought on great happiness in our house. Every week, he cooks a five ¬star meal for the family.
The opposite of bringing something on is to bring something down. This means to cause a fall, defeat, or collapse. It could also mean to kill someone or end a specific project.
Ex: Because Sarah was so jealous of her co¬worker Jane's success, she purposely brought down Jane's big project to build a new fitness centre in town.
Ex: In any war or battle, the goal is for one side to bring down the enemy's army. For this reason, only the toughest or strongest people should become soldiers in the army.