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Taken from this news article

What does "酿" mean in this sentence:

苹果iPhone 5酿致命意外

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Also, please take the news article with a grain of salt. This story has not been verified to be true. – xiaohouzi79 Jul 14 '13 at 10:31
@Stan Your comment is as complete as an answer so you should make it be:) – NS.X. Jul 14 '13 at 18:26
@NS.X. I thought my statement of "the causality" sounded a little personal so I didn't put it as an answer :) Anyway, I will follow your advice. – Stan Jul 15 '13 at 6:24
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means lead to/result in in that sentence.

As the original meaning of 酿 is "the process of making wine", the sentence

A + 酿(成) + B

is a metaphor for "A leads to B (in a gradual/long-term process)", 喻事情积渐而成.

Issue of the causality

Personally, I think the sentence

苹果 iPhone 5 酿致命意外。 Apple iPhone 5 leads to a fatal accident.

is not rigorous enough. Though it is acceptable, and one may complete the sentence in mind as

苹果 iPhone 5 (的设计缺陷) 酿致命意外。 (The design flaw of) Apple iPhone 5 leads to a fatal accident.

So, a more logical sample sentence would be

疏忽酿大错。 Carelessness leads to serious blunders.

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Thanks. Can you tell me if this is ever used conversationally? – xiaohouzi79 Jul 15 '13 at 8:12
@xiaohouzi79 Yes, it can be used in a conversation. is a literary word, but not literary enough to sound like a pedant in a conversation :) – Stan Jul 15 '13 at 8:20
@Stan I don't think we use 酿 as this meaning too much in daily conversations. Instead, it appears more in written Chinese. In oral Chinese, the collocation of "酿酒" in which 酿 means "brew" or the collocation of "佳酿" which means vintage wine is more common. – Paul Allen Jul 25 '13 at 6:55
@52Dora: There's no conflict. I hadn't meant it can be used too much in conversations, but it's acceptable in conversations. – Stan Jul 25 '13 at 7:01

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