Cause - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɔːz|  American pronunciation of the word cause
Brit.  |kɔːz|  British pronunciation of the word cause
- events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
- a justification for something existing or happening (syn: grounds, reason)
- a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end (syn: campaign, crusade, drive, effort, movement)
- any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
- a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy (syn: case, lawsuit, suit)
- give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally (syn: do, make)
- cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner (syn: get, have, induce, make, stimulate)

Examples

His symptoms had no apparent physical causes.

She is the cause of all their problems.

The medicine was prescribed without good cause.

Their marriage was a cause for celebration.

I can support a cause that means something to me.

I'm willing to donate money as long as it's for a good cause.

He swerved and caused an accident.

The flood caused great hardship.

The illness is caused by a virus.

The flood caused the town great hardship.

You caused us a lot of extra work.

The ruin of the empire was caused by the loss of freedom and the growth of despotism.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for American women in their forties.

It's our job to establish the cause of the fire.

The cost of the project was enormous, but it was not the fundamental cause of its failure.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: cause
he/she/it: causes
present participle: causing
past tense: caused
past participle: caused
noun
singular: cause
plural: causes
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