- 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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Example sentences from the Web for cause
He is the body of a living person, the creator of the tree which bears fruit, the causer of fertilizing overflows.The Pharaoh and the Priest|Alexander Glovatski
Thus the causer of infidelity is an infidel; of tyranny a tyrant, and so on; but to speak thus of God is blasphemy.The Faith of Islam|Edward Sell
And the Causer of the mountain will probably know that they both are right.Dynamic Thought|William Walker Atkinson
Though kings still hug suspicion in their bosoms, They hate the causer.A Study of Shakespeare|Algernon Charles Swinburne
I am not causer, said Sir Launcelot, for with falsehood ye would have had slain me with treason, and now it is fallen on you both.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)|Thomas Malory
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