What is the meaning of cause?


  • Events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something.
    • usage: "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
  • A justification for something existing or happening.
    • usage: "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
  • A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end.
    • usage: "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"
  • 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.
    • usage: "the family brought suit against the landlord"


  • Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally.
    • usage: "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
  • Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner.
    • usage: "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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). cause. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/cause/definitions/1217440
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "cause" http://smartdefine.org/cause/definitions/1217440 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, cause, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/cause/definitions/1217440>.
MLAWordNet. "cause" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/cause/definitions/1217440>
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