- 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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Does the sending of the message “justify” the tragedy that caused it?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Interview, which caused so much controversy, was never intended for release in South Korean cinemas.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her mother made demands about a big ceremony and caused a rift between them.
In 1997, an earthquake in Assisi caused the collapse of the main cathedral and killed ten people.
But others say a still-unidentified man likely fired the round that caused a lethal head wound.Exclusive: Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Under Investigation for Leaking Secrets|Shane Harris|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What caused the fear which, at the beginning of their interview, had been so apparent?No Clue|James Hay
He has caused His voice to be heard in this dark and sinful world.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
This caused him to keep very close to the house, as he was not fond of demonstration.Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson|John McElroy
A moment later she was thankful for the impulse that caused her to wait.The Silent Alarm|Roy J. Snell
All this caused Metchnikoff the deepest anxiety, the more so that he was absolutely incapable of altering the situation.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916|Olga Metchnikoff
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
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Idioms and Phrases with cause
In addition to the idioms beginning with cause
- cause a commotion
- cause raised eyebrows
- lost cause