- 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.
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What is a basic definition of cause?
A cause is a person, thing, event, or action that triggers a resulting event. Cause can also mean a motivation or an ideal or goal that a person or group is dedicated to. Cause has several other senses as a noun and one as a verb.
In manner of speaking, the cause tells you why something happened. A cause is the spark that lights a fire. The cause of you being sick might be a bacteria or a virus that harms your body. You giving your niece a birthday present might be the cause of her being happy. The word cause is often used with the word effect, which means a resulting action that happens because of a cause.
- Real-life examples: Faulty wiring may be the cause of an electrical fire. John Wilkes Booth was the cause of Abraham Lincoln’s death (because Booth shot Lincoln). A giant iceberg was the cause of the sinking of the Titanic.
- Used in a sentence: Experts are still trying to figure out the cause of the mysterious plane crash.
In this sense, cause is used as a verb to mean to bring about something.
- Used in a sentence: My late-night partying caused me to fail my exam.
Cause is also used as a synonym for motive or reason, meaning a person’s motivation for doing something. In this sense, cause is often used in law (usually as “just cause” or “sufficient cause”) to determine if someone had a valid reason for doing something.
- Used in a sentence: The lawyer argued that the company had fired his client without good cause.
A cause is something that a person or group believes in or an ideal or goal that they have dedicated themselves to.
- Real-life examples: Antiracism is a cause that wants to end racism. Environmentalism is a cause that wants to protect the environment from damage. If a friend of yours is very sick and you start a collection to help with medical bills, that too is a cause.
- Used in a sentence: I donated $50 to the cancer charity because they have a good cause.
Where does cause come from?
The first records of cause come from around 1175. It comes from the Latin causa, meaning “reason” or “sake.”
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What are some other forms related to cause?
- causable (adjective)
- causability (noun)
- causeless (adjective)
- causelessly (adverb)
- self-caused (adjective)
What are some synonyms for cause?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing cause?
How is cause used in real life?
Cause is a very common word that means a reason something happened.
Remove fall hazards. Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors. To reduce fall risk and encourage home safety for seniors, one of the most important things to do is to make the home fall-safe.
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) January 12, 2021
No NBA games until Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and other countless innocent lives get justice is a strong and meaningful message.
The NBA has a big platform and are using it for a good cause. Respect.💯
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 26, 2020
Correct, thank you for clearing up what I intended to say. Comorbidities, as I should have put it, are as you said not ‘pre-existing’ but instead other issues caused by COVID that may not necessarily show COVID as the sole cause of death, despite COVID causing these issues.
— Danny Beans (@dannybeans27) February 8, 2021
Try using cause!
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My cat pushed the lamp off the table. My cat is the cause of my broken lamp.
How to use cause in a sentence
Some activists work on both causes, and others see their work as ideologically sympathetic.How “abolish ICE” helped bring abolitionist ideas into the mainstream|Nicole Narea|July 9, 2020|Vox
The word comes from the grief that these players cause for others.
She offers, “Equity is about getting to the root causes of the patterns that you’re seeing and not stopping short” at what companies can see through analysis, “but rather, why is the context what it is.”3 ways companies can combat the major public health issue of racism right now|Anne Sraders|July 7, 2020|Fortune
A seriously wobbly wheel may have compromised bearings in the hub, for instance, which causes it to spin irregularly.Bring your old bike back to life with these pro restoration tips|Stan Horaczek|July 7, 2020|Popular Science
Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a parasite, but it is not contagious because you don’t get it just by being around or coming into contact with an infected person.“Contagious” vs. “Infectious”: The Difference Can Be Important|John Kelly|July 5, 2020|Everything After Z
But Cosby Truthers are applying their principles to the wrong cause.
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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|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Michelle Obama tweeting a hashtag is somehow cause for outrage.
Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for or against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Without any known cause of offence, a tacit acknowledgement of mutual dislike was shewn by Louis and de Patinos.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
There is cause for alarm when they bring one hundred and ten ships into these seas without any means of resistance on our part.
If we are to have a real education along lines of expression we must begin with the "content," or cause, of expression.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Rapidity of action and a self-confidence which on the battlefield never felt itself beaten were the cause of Murat's success.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for cause
- a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
- the lawsuit itself
Derived forms of causecausable, adjectivecausability, nouncauseless, adjectivecauser, noun
Word Origin for cause
Idioms and Phrases with cause
In addition to the idioms beginning with cause
- cause a commotion
- cause raised eyebrows
- lost cause