Definitions for: Cause

[n] any entity that causes events to happen
[n] 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"
[n] (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"
[n] a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
[n] events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
[v] 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"
[v] give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cause (k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf.
Cause, v., Kickshaw.]
1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which
anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.

Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to
make one thing begin to be. --Locke.

2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground;
reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.

3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]

I did it not for his cause. --2 Cor. vii.

4. (Law) 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.

5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question;
affair in general.

What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak.

6. 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.

God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak.

The part they take against me is from zeal to the
cause. --Burke.

Efficient cause, the agent or force that produces a change
or result.

Final cause, the end, design, or object, for which anything
is done.

Formal cause, the elements of a conception which make the
conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the
idea viewed as a formative principle and co["o]perating
with the matter.

Material cause, that of which anything is made.

Proximate cause. See under Proximate.

To make common cause with, to join with in purposes and
aims. --Macaulay.

Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement;
inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.

Cause, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caused; p. pr. & v. n.
Causing.] [F. causer, fr. cause, fr. L. causa. See Cause,
n., and cf. Acouse.]
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

I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days.
--Gen. vii. 4.

Cause that it be read also in the church of the
Laodiceans. --Col. iv. 16.

Syn: To create; produce; beget; effect; occasion; originate;
induce; bring about.

Cause, v. i.
To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.
[Obs.] --Spenser.

Cause, conj.
Abbreviation of Because. --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: campaign, case, causa, causal agency, causal agent, crusade, do, drive, effort, get, grounds, have, induce, lawsuit, make, make, movement, reason, stimulate, suit

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