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I UK [kɔːz] / US [kɔz] noun
Word forms "cause":
singular cause plural causes
1) [countable] an event, thing, or person that makes something happen

The major cause of these accidents is drivers going too fast.

an essay on the causes of the First World War

2) [countable/uncountable] a reason for behaving in a particular way or for feeling a particular emotion
cause for:

His departure was cause for celebration in the village.

no cause for concern/alarm:

The doctor's report on the biopsy states that there is no cause for concern.

without good cause:

He wouldn't have done it without good cause (= a good reason).

a) [countable] an aim, idea, or organization that you support or work for, for example in politics

Campaigners hope that people will be sympathetic to their cause.

champion a cause:

He has championed (= strongly supported) the cause of renewable energy since the mid-1970s.

b) an organization, plan, or activity that you are willing to support because it provides help or benefit to people who need it
a good/worthy cause:

Please give as much as you can: it's for a very worthy cause.

all in a good cause:

It may be hard work but it's all in a good cause.

Verbs frequently used with cause as the object ▪  advance, champion, espouse, further, promote, support
4) [countable] legal a case in a law court

have (good) cause to do somethingformal to have a strong reason for doing, thinking, or feeling something

Joe's father had good cause to be proud of him.

have no cause to do something:

I have no cause to question his integrity.

make common cause (with someone)formal to work together with a person, group etc that you do not usually agree with, in order to achieve a shared aim

Several different religious groups have made common cause in the campaign.


II UK [kɔːz] / US [kɔz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "cause":
present tense I/you/we/they cause he/she/it causes present participle causing past tense caused past participle caused
to make something happen, usually something bad

a politician who causes controversy wherever he goes

The fire was caused by an electrical fault.

cause damage/problems/trouble:

The storm caused widespread damage.

cause someone/something to do something:

An injury to the goalkeeper caused him to limp off after ten minutes.

Greenhouse gases are widely believed to be causing the Earth's atmosphere to heat up.

cause someone something:

He apologizes for causing you any embarrassment.

a) used about something that makes an illness start

Indigestion is caused by excess acid in the stomach.

The drug has been found to cause epileptic fits in laboratory mice.

b) used about someone who has done something wrong

He was arrested for causing a disturbance.

She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Nouns frequently used as objects of cause
▪  alarm, concern, confusion, controversy, damage, distress, embarrassment, harm, problems, suffering, trouble

English dictionary. 2014.

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