- a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident?
- the reason or motive for some human action: The good news was a cause for rejoicing.
- good or sufficient reason: to complain without cause; to be dismissed for cause.
- a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
- a case for judicial decision.
- any subject of discussion or debate.
- a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the Socialist cause; the human rights cause.
- the welfare of a person or group, seen as a subject of concern: support for the cause of the American Indian.
- 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).
- to be the cause of; bring about.
- make common cause, to unite in a joint effort; work together for the same end: They made common cause with neighboring countries and succeeded in reducing tariffs.
Origin of cause
Synonyms for causeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for causedbegin, create, induce, produce, precipitate, provoke, generate, make, hatch, breed, secure, engender, muster, revert, incite, motivate, compel, effect, introduce, elicit
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 person, thing, event, state, or action that produces an effect
- grounds for action; motive; justificationshe had good cause to shout like that
- the ideals, etc, of a group or movementthe Communist cause
- the welfare or interests of a person or group in a disputethey fought for the miners' cause
- a matter of widespread concern or importancethe cause of public health
- a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
- the lawsuit itself
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) any of four requirements for a thing's coming to be, namely material (material cause), its nature (formal cause), an agent (efficient cause), and a purpose (final cause)
- make common cause with to join with (a person, group, etc) for a common objective
- (tr) to be the cause of; bring about; precipitate; be the reason for
Word Origin for cause
Word Origin and History for caused
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.
Idioms and Phrases with caused
In addition to the idioms beginning with cause
- cause a commotion
- cause raised eyebrows
- lost cause