- 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
Examples from the Web for caused
Contemporary Examples of caused
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
January 3, 2015
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
December 30, 2014
Her mother made demands about a big ceremony and caused a rift between them.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
In 1997, an earthquake in Assisi caused the collapse of the main cathedral and killed ten people.Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 25, 2014
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
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of caused
It caused them to fight for the sole possession of this Paradise upon Earth.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It was caused by the fall of Dr. Benson In the pew while kneeling in prayer.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The book and the personality of Job have caused much controversy.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
The glow on her cheeks was not all caused by the fresh air of the spring day.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The russet of oranges is caused by the bite of an insect on the skin.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
- the lawsuit itself
Word Origin for cause
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."
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cause
- cause a commotion
- cause raised eyebrows
- lost cause