events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
"they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
cause, reason, grounds(noun)
a justification for something existing or happening
"he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort(noun)
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"
causal agent, cause, causal agency(noun)
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causa(verb)
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"
cause, do, make(verb)
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
"cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make(verb)
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"
The source or reason of an event or action
A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.
He is fighting for a just cause.
To set off an event or action.
The lightning caused thunder.
To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority.
His dogged determination caused the fundraising to be successful.
Origin: From cause, from cause, from causa, in also "a thing". Origin uncertain. See accuse, excuse. Displaced native sake (from sacu), andweorc (from andweorc).
that which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist
that which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing
sake; interest; advantage
a suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action
any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general
the side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain
to effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; -- usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb
to assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse
abbreviation of Because
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kawz, n. that which produces an effect: that by or through which anything happens: motive: inducement: a legal action between contending parties: sake, advantage: that side of a question which is taken up by an individual or party: (Shak.) accusation: (Shak.) matter, affair in general.—v.t. to produce: to make to exist: to bring about: (Spens.) to give excuses.—conj. (dial.) because.—adj. Caus′al, relating to a cause or causes.—n. Causal′ity, the working of a cause: (phren.) the faculty of tracing effects to their causes.—adv. Caus′ally, according to the order of causes.—ns. Causā′tion, the act of causing: the bringing about of an effect; the relation of cause and effect; Causā′tionism, the theory of causation; Causā′tionist, a believer in the foregoing.—adj. Caus′ative, expressing causation.—n. a form of verb or noun expressing such.—adv. Caus′atively.—adj. Cause′less, having no cause or occasion.—adv. Cause′lessly.—ns. Cause′lessness; Caus′er, one who causes an effect to be produced.—Cause célèbre, a convenient French term for a specially interesting and important legal trial, criminal or civil.—Final cause, the end or object for which a thing is done, esp. the design of the universe; First cause, the original cause or creator of all.—Hour of cause (Scot.), hour or time of trial.—Secondary causes, such as are derived from a primary or first cause.—Have or Show cause, to have to give reasons for a certain line of action; Make common cause (with), to unite for a common object; Show cause (Eng. law), to argue against the confirmation of a provisional order or judgment.—For Occasional causes, see Occasionalism. [Fr.,—L. causa.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Cause' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1406
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Cause' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2153
Rank popularity for the word 'Cause' in Nouns Frequency: #456
Rank popularity for the word 'Cause' in Verbs Frequency: #109
The numerical value of Cause in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Cause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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Translations for Cause
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- повод, кауза, причина, причинявам, предизвиквамBulgarian
- causaCatalan, Valencian
- způsobit, příčina, zapříčinitCzech
- achos, achosiWelsh
- Anlass, Grund, Ursache, Sache, verursachen, auslösenGerman
- λόγος, σκοπός, αιτία, προκαλώGreek
- kaŭzo, kaŭziEsperanto
- causar, causaSpanish
- ajend, alusEstonian
- syy, aiheuttaa, saada aikaan, juuri, lähde, tarkoitusFinnish
- cause, causer, raisonFrench
- adhbhar, adhbharaichScottish Gaelic
- סיבה, מטרה, גרםHebrew
- lakòzHaitian Creole
- efektigar, kauzigar, igarIdo
- málstaður, orsök, valdaIcelandic
- causa, causare, produrre, provocare, ottenereItalian
- 原因となる, 原因, 引き起こすJapanese
- causa, creo, ratioLatin
- UrsaachLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pagrindas, priežastisLithuanian
- cēlonis, iemeslsLatvian
- oorzaak, reden, doel, veroorzaken, aanleidingDutch
- forårsakeNorwegian Nynorsk
- fazer, causa, causarPortuguese
- cauză, pricinuiRomanian
- дело, причинять, вызывать, причина, основание, производить, заставлятьRussian
- svr̀ha, stvar, princip, cȋlj, razlog, ùzrokSerbo-Croatian
- vzrok, razlog, stvar, povzročitiSlovene
- förorsaka, grund, orsaka, orsakSwedish
- sebep, neden, uğratmakTurkish
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