Definitions of cause

  1. 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"
  2. ( law) 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"
  3. give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; " cause a commotion"; " make a stir"; " cause an accident"
  4. a justification for something existing or happening; " he had no cause to complain"; " they had good reason to rejoice"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.
  8. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
  9. Sake; interest; advantage.
  10. 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.
  11. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general.
  12. 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.
  13. To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.
  14. Abbreviation of Because.
  15. 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.
  16. That which produces or contributes to a result; in law, ground for action; motive; reason; a side or party; as, the cause of right; a suit or action in court.
  17. To produce; to bring about.
  18. Causeless.
  19. That by or through which anything is done: inducement: a legal action.
  20. That which produces an effect; reason; object sought; legal action.
  21. To bring about; produce.
  22. To produce; effect; compel.
  23. That which produces anything or event.
  24. A reason; purpose; aim.
  25. A great enterprise.
  26. A lawsuit.
  27. That which produces an effect, or contributes to it; that which always precedes an effect; reason; motive; the object sought; sake; subject in debate; case; a legal action.
  28. To effect or produce; to occasion.

Usage examples for cause

  1. But since she lives, Though you speak well, yet have I cause for fear. – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  2. Our return to this house is perhaps the cause. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  3. " He is one of us, and heart and soul in the cause, and young though he looks has done good service. – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  4. Can you form any opinion as to the cause of death? – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  5. I mean I can only guess at any cause of trouble she may have. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  6. But what does the word " cause" mean here? – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  7. It might cause trouble." – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  8. It goes to the Cause, you see. – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  9. I think I have told you the cause. – Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat
  10. " Our cause is a just one," said Blair. – White Fire by John Oxenham
  11. A quarrel with him, and on such a cause, will do you no good in Lord Quinton's eyes." – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  12. Not without cause, Great Bear. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  13. Is the cause there? – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  14. You were the opportunity, not the cause." – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  15. I thought we had agreed- that nothing- nothing- was to come before the Cause! – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. " Because they struck you without cause," Habrunt replied. – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  17. Had I not been so anxious about you, I should have had no cause to complain. – On the Banks of the Amazon by W.H.G. Kingston
  18. And I am the cause!" – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  19. " You have no cause to-" " Don't lie!" – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  20. We want it to be on a special subject- a subject which is likely to cause attention. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade