According to definition of 4 of this dictionary, "bring to" should only apply to a state, place, or condition. But in this example:

The league agreed to mediate, helping bring as many as 15 clubs to a settlement with HMRC.

, a "settlement" is not a state, place, or condition. Could the example be wrong?


I don't think this is a bring to phrase, because if you leave out as many as 15 clubs, then

helping bring to a settlement with HMRC.

does not make any sense.

It is more likely sense 3 in your dictionary link:

3 : to cause (something) to exist, happen, or start

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    The reason that it doesn't work isn't necessarily because it's not phrasal, though. bring has an obligatory object (ie: it is transitive), so you need to always bring something. – jimsug Jul 14 '14 at 5:40

A settlement indicagtes a condition of [some conflict] being settled.

This parallels the linked site's example, "bring water to a boil", in which the condition is expressed in the form of a noun.

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  • A settlement is an agreement, not a condition. – meatie Jul 14 '14 at 5:59

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