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This page has 27 definitions of cause with English translations in 8 languages. Cause is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use cause in a sentence are shown. Also define these 29 related words and terms: source, reason, grounds, justification, goal, aim, principle, transcend, selfish, law, suit, action, set off, produce, result, causar, cause, conséquence, case, causer, causa, eu, ele, ela, você, usted, yo, él, and ella.
English cause definition
From Middle English cause, borrowed from Old French cause (“a cause, a thing”), from Latin causa (“reason, sake, cause”), in Middle English also "a thing". Origin uncertain. See accuse, excuse, recuse, ruse. Displaced native Middle English sake (“cause, reason”) (from Old English sacu (“cause”)), Middle English andweorc, andwork (“matter, cause”) (from Old English andweorc (“matter, thing, cause”)).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: kôz, IPA(key): /kɔːz/, [kʰoːz̥]
- (General American) IPA(key): /kɔz/, [kʰɒːz̥]
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɔːz
- Homophones: caws, 'cause; cores (non-rhotic dialects)
- (countable, often with of, typically of adverse results) The source of, or reason for, an event or action; that which produces or effects a result.
- They identified a burst pipe as the cause of the flooding.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], page 23, column 1:
- We thanke you both, yet one but flatters vs,
As well appeareth by the cauſe you come,
Namely, to appeale each other of high treaſon.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cause
- (uncountable, especially with for and a bare noun) Sufficient reason for a state, as of emotion.
- There is no cause for alarm.
- The end of the war was a cause for celebration.
- Synonyms: grounds, justification
Grounds definitionplural of
- (countable) A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- God befriend us, as our cause is just.
- 1796, Edmund Burke, a letter to a noble lord
- The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:goal
Aim definitionThe pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, or object, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, such as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it. (1 of 5 aim definitions)
Selfish definitionHolding one's own self-interest as the standard for decision making. (1 of 2 selfish definitions)
- (obsolete) Sake; interest; advantage.
- (countable, obsolete) Any subject of discussion or debate; a matter; an affair.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- What counsel give you in this weighty cause?
- (countable, law) 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.
- cause and effect
- cause celebre
- common cause (rhetoric)
- efficient cause
- external cause
- final cause
- first cause
- for cause (law)
- formal cause
- good cause
- just cause
- lost cause
- make common cause
- material cause
- probable cause
- proximate cause
- root cause
- show cause
- style of cause
- with cause
- without cause
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Dictionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive) To set off an event or action.
- The lightning caused thunder.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0045:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
- 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
- An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic […] real kidneys […]. But they are nothing like as efficient, and can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.
- (ditransitive) To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority.
- His dogged determination caused the fundraising to be successful.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Genesis 7:4:
- I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 13, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
- To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- cause at OneLook Dictionary Search
- cause in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- cause in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
Asturian cause definition
French cause definition
cause f (plural causes)
See the etymology of the main entry.
- inflection of
Causer definitionsomeone or something that causes or produces an effect.
- “cause” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
Italian cause definition
cause f pl
- plural of
Causa definitioninflection of causar: third-person singular present indicative second-person singular imperative (1 of 3 causa definitions)
Middle English cause definition
cause (plural causes)
- English: cause
Norman cause definition
cause f (plural causes)
Old French cause definition
- 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 142 of this essay:
- On doit avoir plusieurs entencions, car en curant, on doit bien considerer la cause et la nature de la maladie
- One must have several intentions, because in treating, one must consider the cause and the nature of the disease
Portuguese cause definition
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of causar
Eu definitionalternative form of io
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of causar
Ele definitionthe name of the Latin-script letter L.
Ela definitionthe name of the Latin-script letter L.
Você definitionsecond-person singular personal pronoun; you (1 of 2 você definitions)
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of causar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of causar
Spanish cause definition
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of causar.
Usted definitionsecond person formal; you (singular) (1 of 2 usted definitions)
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of causar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of causar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of causar.