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Meaning of because by Wiktionary Dictionary


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: between · face · tell · #175: because · few · whom · love

    Alternative forms

    • 'cause, cos, cuz, coz, 'cos, 'cuz, 'coz, b/c


    From Middle English bi cause = bi ( “by” ) + cause, modelled on Old French par cause


    • ( stressed )
      • ( UK ) IPA: /bɪˈkɒz/, X-SAMPA: /bI"kQz/
      • ( US ) IPA: /bi:ˈkɔz/, /bi:ˈkʌz/, X-SAMPA: /bI"kOz/, /bI"kVz/
    • ( unstressed )
      • IPA: /bɪkəz/, X-SAMPA: /bIk@z/
    • Rhymes: -ɒz
    • Hyphenation: be‧cause


    because ( not comparable )

    1. ( archaic ) For the reason ( that ).
    2. On account ( of ), for sake ( of ) .
      I ruined my life because of you!
    3. Used alone to refuse to provide a full answer a question begun with "why", often taken as an ellipsis of "Because I said so" .

    Derived terms



    1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that .
      I hid myself because I was afraid .
    2. As known because; as inferred because; as determined because .
      It must be broken, because I pressed the button and nothing happened .
      He's not a nice guy, because he yells at people for no reason .
    3. ( obsolete ) So that, in order that. [15th-17th c.]


Definition of because by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Because conj. [OE. bycause; by + cause.]
    1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that. Milton.

    2. In order that; that. [Obs.]

    And the multitude rebuked them because they should hold their peace. Matt. xx. 31.

    Because of, by reason of, on account of. [Prep. phrase.]

    Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph. v. 6.

    Syn. -- Because, For, Since, As, Inasmuch As. These particles are used, in certain connections, to assign the reason of a thing, or that “on account of” which it is or takes place. Because ( by cause ) is the strongest and most emphatic; as, I hid myself because I was afraid. For is not quite so strong; as, in Shakespeare, “I hate him, for he is a Christian.” Since is less formal and more incidental than because; as, I will do it since you request me. It more commonly begins a sentence; as, Since your decision is made, I will say no more. As is still more incidental than since, and points to some existing fact by way of assigning a reason. Thus we say, as I knew him to be out of town, I did not call. Inasmuch as seems to carry with it a kind of qualification which does not belong to the rest. Thus, if we say, I am ready to accept your proposal, inasmuch as I believe it is the best you can offer, we mean, it is only with this understanding that we can accept it.