cause

[ kawz ]
/ kɔz /

noun

verb (used with object), caused, caus·ing.

to be the cause of; bring about.

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Idioms for cause

    make common cause, to unite in a joint effort; work together for the same end: They made common cause with neighboring countries and succeeded in reducing tariffs.

Origin of cause

1175–1225; Middle English <Latin causa reason, sake, case

synonym study for cause

1. Cause, occasion refer to the starting of effects into motion. A cause is an agency, perhaps acting through a long time, or a long-standing situation, that produces an effect: The cause of the quarrel between the two men was jealousy. An occasion is an event that provides an opportunity for the effect to become evident, or perhaps promotes its becoming evident: The occasion was the fact that one man's wages were increased. 3. See reason.

OTHER WORDS FROM cause

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cause

causality, causation, cause .

Definition for cause (2 of 2)

'cause
[ kawz, kuhz, unstressed kuhz ]
/ kɔz, kʌz, unstressed kəz /

conjunction Informal.

a shortened form of because.

Origin of 'cause

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant
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British Dictionary definitions for cause

cause
/ (kɔːz) /

noun

verb

(tr) to be the cause of; bring about; precipitate; be the reason for

Derived forms of cause

causable, adjectivecausability, nouncauseless, adjectivecauser, noun

Word Origin for cause

C13: from Latin causa cause, reason, motive
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Idioms and Phrases with cause

cause

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