- a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
- a case for judicial decision.
- the end or purpose for which a thing is done or produced.
- Aristotelianism.any of the four things necessary for the movement or the coming into being of a thing, namely a material (material cause), something to act upon it (efficient cause), a form taken by the movement or development (formal cause), and a goal or purpose (final cause).
verb (used with object), caused, caus·ing.
Origin of cause
Synonyms for cause
Origin of 'cause
Related Words for causeorigin, motivation, matter, explanation, element, motive, source, principle, root, purpose, faith, goal, ideal, plan, objective, movement, begin, create, induce, produce
Examples from the Web for cause
Contemporary Examples of cause
So we know that boring down to the bedrock and pumping it full of fluid can cause earthquakes.26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas
January 7, 2015
If Dudesmash were to be something we continued doing, this would be an important year to do it, ‘cause we didn’t do one last year.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
“We hope that the aircraft is found quickly, and we can find out the cause of what has happened,” he said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Unfortunately, that means suppressing fire or cutting down all the pretty uninfected trees can cause mistletoe outbreaks.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
“Sometimes elevating the heart rate will cause additional pounding in your head,” says Crandall.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of cause
She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Here, perhaps, may be found the symbolic clue to the strife's cause.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He'll think he's been the cause of it, by stealing your heart from me.
The cause of freedom owes her much; the country owes her much.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The breaking of Hope's engagement to Philip was attributed to every cause but the true one.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
- the lawsuit itself
Word Origin for cause
c.1200, "reason for action, grounds for action; motive," from Old French cause "cause, reason; lawsuit, case in law" (12c.), and directly from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin.
In English, sense of "matter of concern; side taken in controversy" is from c.1300; that of "the source of an effect" is early 14c.; meaning "reason for something taking place" is late 14c. Cause célèbre "celebrated legal case" is 1763, from French. Cause why? "for what reason?" is in Chaucer.
late 14c., "produce an effect," also "impel, compel," from Old French causer "to cause" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin causare, from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin. Related: Caused; causing. Classical Latin causari meant "to plead, to debate a question."
In addition to the idioms beginning with cause
- cause a commotion
- cause raised eyebrows
- lost cause