- 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.
- cause a commotion,
- cause célèbre,
- cause list,
- cause raised eyebrows,
Origin of cause
Examples from the Web for causing
“This is a federal mandate that is causing some real problems for schools across the country,” Kline told a CBS affiliate in July.
After a few moments, four officers exited the vehicle, causing the man to turn and walk away quickly.
Another common prank was to spin the cannon in the direction of the major, causing him to leap out of the way.
The federal bench will be harmed by dozens of vacancies going unfilled, causing a case backlog.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday|Jonathan Alter|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just as there are real rules why global climate disruption is likely causing more floods than usual.Liberian Pastors Blame Ebola on Gays, The Right Blames Obama|Jay Michaelson|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The English sent fire ships into the Spanish fleet when it was anchored, causing it's ships to disperse in a panic.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
A motor rushed past her, covering her with dust and causing her to clench her hands in anger.The Halo|Bettina von Hutten
The acid thus generated attacks the enamel of the teeth, causing decay of the dentine.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
Flints too are rather prevalent, causing havoc to one's iron clubs.
He gave a false name, and next morning pleaded not guilty to the charge of "assaulting an officer and causing a crowd to collect."Van Bibber and Others|Richard Harding Davis
- 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