Reason - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈriːzn|  American pronunciation of the word reason
Brit.  |ˈriːz(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word reason


- a rational motive for a belief or action(syn: ground)
- an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon
- the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination(syn: intellect, understanding)
- the state of having good sense and sound judgment(syn: rationality, reasonableness)
- a justification for something existing or happening(syn: cause, grounds)
- a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion


- decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion(syn: conclude)
- present reasons and arguments (syn: argue)
- think logically


I gave a reason for my absence.

Is there a reason for your strange behavior?

There is a reason why they don't want to come.

I can't give you the report for the simple reason that it isn't yet finished.

She explained her reasons for deciding to change jobs.

He wanted to know the reason for their decision.

Give me one good reason why I should believe you.

For obvious reasons, we can't do that yet.

For reasons of space, some of the charts and graphs have been omitted from the article.

She resigned for personal reasons.

He lost the ability to reason.

He reasoned that both statements couldn't be true.

She reasoned that something must be wrong.

The real reason behind their decision was never made public.

The reason why she did it is a mystery.

Phrasal verbs

reason out  — decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reason
he/she/it: reasons
present participle: reasoning
past tense: reasoned
past participle: reasoned
singular: reason
plural: reasons
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