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Meaning & Definition of Cause in English





1. Events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something

  • "They are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
  • cause

2. A justification for something existing or happening

  • "He had no cause to complain"
  • "They had good reason to rejoice"
  • cause,
  • reason,
  • grounds

3. A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

  • "He supported populist campaigns"
  • "They worked in the cause of world peace"
  • "The team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"
  • "The movement to end slavery"
  • "Contributed to the war effort"
  • campaign,
  • cause,
  • crusade,
  • drive,
  • movement,
  • effort

4. Any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

  • causal agent,
  • cause,
  • causal agency

5. A comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

  • "The family brought suit against the landlord"
  • lawsuit,
  • suit,
  • case,
  • cause,
  • causa


1. Give rise to

  • Cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  • "Cause a commotion"
  • "Make a stir"
  • "Cause an accident"
  • cause,
  • do,
  • make

2. Cause to do

  • Cause to act in a specified manner
  • "The ads induced me to buy a vcr"
  • "My children finally got me to buy a computer"
  • "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
  • induce,
  • stimulate,
  • cause,
  • have,
  • get,
  • make

Examples of using

Driver fatigue is a major cause of car accidents.
After thoroughly examining Mary, the doctor could find no physical reason for her condition, and concluded that the cause was psychosomatic.
In a world where political and cultural divisions still cause so much hardship, maybe it's actually time that we gave Esperanto a real shot.