- 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 causer
Historical Examples of causer
In days gone by they had spoken of Hus as a "causer of war."History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
And the Causer of the mountain will probably know that they both are right.Dynamic Thought
William Walker Atkinson
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
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
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)
- 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