[ bih-kawz, -koz, -kuhz ]
/ bɪˈkɔz, -ˈkɒz, -ˈkʌz /
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for the reason that; due to the fact that: The boy was absent because he was ill.


Informal. (used directly before a noun, adjective, verb, interjection, etc., to convey a very concise rationale, excuse, or explanation): We’re a little like monkeys because evolution.He doesn’t practice enough: because lazy.I love doughnuts because yum!



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Idioms for because

    because of, by reason of; due to: Schools were closed because of heavy snowfall.

Origin of because

1275–1325; Middle English bi cause. See by1, cause

usage note for because

1. See reason.
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What are other ways to say because?

The conjunction because means “for the reason that” or “due to the fact that.” Do you know when to use because, as, since, for, and inasmuch as? Learn more on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for because

/ (bɪˈkɒz, -ˈkəz) /


(subordinating) on account of the fact that; on account of being; sincebecause it's so cold we'll go home
because of (preposition) on account ofI lost my job because of her

Word Origin for because

C14 bi cause, from bi by + cause

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