- 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.
- cause a commotion,
- cause célèbre,
- cause list,
- cause raised eyebrows,
Origin of cause
Origin of 'cause
Examples from the Web for 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|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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
“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|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, that means suppressing fire or cutting down all the pretty uninfected trees can cause mistletoe outbreaks.
“Sometimes elevating the heart rate will cause additional pounding in your head,” says Crandall.
The advent of technological application in the farming sector was a cause of both optimism and disquiet.Frying Pan Farm|Elizabeth Brown Pryor
What defect in the feed valve will cause the brake pipe pressure to equalize with that in the main reservoir?The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
Mrs. Page could not get back of Harriet's revolt to its cause.K|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Yes, the sun shines on us, and may it shine on our country's cause.The Cruise of the "Lively Bee"|John De Morgan
Lily tossed the missile into the other girl's lap, for she was too eager to open her own two letters to cause any further delay.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn|Edith Lavell
- 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