cause: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kôz), [key]
— n., v., caused, caus•ing.
- 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?
- the reason or motive for some human action: The good news was a cause for rejoicing.
- good or sufficient reason: to complain without cause; to be dismissed for cause.
- a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
- a case for judicial decision.
- any subject of discussion or debate.
- a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the Socialist cause; the human rights cause.
- the welfare of a person or group, seen as a subject of concern: support for the cause of the American Indian.
- the end or purpose for which a thing is done or produced.
- 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).
- to unite in a joint effort; work together for the same end: They made common cause with neighboring countries and succeeded in reducing tariffs.
- to be the cause of; bring about.
Pronunciation: (kôz, kuz, unstressed kuz), [key]
— conj. Informal.
- cause (Thesaurus)