- 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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Maybe you’re thinking about making a donation to the cause as you watch wildfires burning in California, ice shelves shattering in the Arctic, and glaciers breaking loose in Antarctica, all at the same time.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money.|Sigal Samuel|September 17, 2020|Vox
While Seager and her team have thoroughly ruled out known natural causes for phosphine on Venus, the planet could very well be home to geochemistry we’ve never thought possible.
We need to ensure that girls’ education is not ignored, and that we do not lose focus of this cause.Malala Yousafzai tells the business community: Education is the best way to guard against future crises|Michal Lev-Ram, writer|September 15, 2020|Fortune
The causes of many of the other fires across the region are still being investigated.“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires|Umair Irfan|September 11, 2020|Vox
Erdogan’s popularity with Palestinians reflects his long championing of their struggle for nationhood and comes as their cause has slid down the list of regional concerns, sidelined by Israel’s wooing of the Gulf states.Erdogan Pitches Himself as Muslim World’s New Leader|Charu Kasturi|September 10, 2020|Ozy
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.
In addition to visiting the tomb of John Paul, who died of natural causes in 2005, Agca asked to see his successor, Pope Francis.
Then, Rogen convinces Franco to drink some contaminated water from a stream—which causes the 127 Hours Oscar nominee to dry-heave.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beat the Blahs What causes this wintertime down-in-the-dumps attitude?
Understandably, many of these celebrities choose causes that are personal to them or easy to explain or understand.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes, manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The presence of phenol causes a deep amethyst-blue color, as in Uffelmann's test for lactic acid.
The causes became apparent the day before, although those directly interested did not understand.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
The film must be carefully fixed by heat: underheating causes the erythrocytes to stain red; overheating, pale yellow.
This whole region is for the most part very cold, owing to various causes.
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