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Meaning of cause by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English cause, from Old French cause ( “a cause, a thing” ), from Latin causa ( “reason, sake, cause” ), in Medieval Latin also "a thing". Origin uncertain. See accuse, excuse. Displaced native Middle English sake ( “cause, reason” ) ( from Old English sacu ( “cause” ) ), Middle English andweorc, andwork ( “matter, cause” ) ( from Old English andweorc ( “matter, thing, cause” ) ) .



    cause ( plural: causes )

    1. The source or reason of an event or action
    2. A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends .
      He is fighting for a just cause .


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    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: truth · turn · hold · #417: cause · close · England · sense

    External links

    • cause in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • cause in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


    • sauce


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    Alternative forms

    • cos, 'cos
    • cus, 'cus ( UK )
    • coz, 'coz
    • cuz, 'cuz ( US )


    Aphetic form of because; first used in the 15th century .


    • ( Australia, UK ) IPA: /kɔz/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /kɒz/, X-SAMPA: /kQz/; ( unstressed ) IPA: /kəz/, X-SAMPA: /kəz/
    • ( US ) enPR: kŭz, IPA: /kʌz/help



    1. ( colloquial, slang ) because


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Explanation of cause by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause to do

    2. give rise to

    3. cause a commotion
      cause an accident
    1. any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

    2. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    3. they worked in the cause of world peace
    4. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

    5. a justification for something existing or happening

    6. he had no cause to complain
    7. events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something

    8. they are trying to determine the cause of the crash

    Definition of cause by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cause ( kaz ), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf. Cause, v., Kickshaw.]
      1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.

      Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to make one thing begin to be. Locke.

      2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, “cause for rejoicing”.

      3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]

      I did it not for his cause. 2 Cor. vii. 12.

      4. ( Law ) A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action.

      5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general.

      What counsel give you in this weighty cause! Shak.

      6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain.

      God befriend us, as our cause is just. Shak.

      The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause. Burke.

      Efficient cause, the agent or force that produces a change or result. -- Final cause, the end, design, or object, for which anything is done. -- Formal cause, the elements of a conception which make the conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the idea viewed as a formative principle and cooperating with the matter. -- Material cause, that of which anything is made. -- Proximate cause. See under Proximate. -- To make common cause with, to join with in purposes and aims. Macaulay.

      Syn. -- Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement; inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.

    2. Cause, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Causing.] [F. causer, fr. cause, fr. L. causa. See Cause, n., and cf. Acouse.] To effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; -- usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb.

      I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days. Gen. vii. 4.

      Cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans. Col. iv. 16.

      Syn. -- To create; produce; beget; effect; occasion; originate; induce; bring about.

    3. Cause, v. i. To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse. [Obs.] Spenser.

    4. Cause, conj. Abbreviation of Because. B. Jonson.