cause: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kôz), [key]
— n., v., caused, caus•ing.
  1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident?
  2. the reason or motive for some human action: The good news was a cause for rejoicing.
  3. good or sufficient reason: to complain without cause; to be dismissed for cause.
    1. a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
    2. a case for judicial decision.
  4. any subject of discussion or debate.
  5. a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the Socialist cause; the human rights cause.
  6. the welfare of a person or group, seen as a subject of concern: support for the cause of the American Indian.
    1. the end or purpose for which a thing is done or produced.
    2. Aristotelianism.any of the four things necessary for the movement or the coming into being of a thing, namely a material(material cause),something to act upon it(efficient cause),a form taken by the movement or development(formal cause),and a goal or purpose(final cause).
  7. to unite in a joint effort; work together for the same end: They made common cause with neighboring countries and succeeded in reducing tariffs.
  1. to be the cause of; bring about.


Pronunciation: (kôz, kuz, unstressed kuz), [key]
— conj. Informal.
  1. because.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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