UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɔːz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kɔz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kôz)

Inflections of 'cause' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cause /kɔz/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  caused, caus•ing. 
  1. [countable] a person that acts or a thing that occurs so as to produce a specific result: What was the cause of the accident?
  2. [uncountable] the reason or motive for some action: to complain without cause.
  3. Sociology[countable] a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the Socialist cause.

  1. to be the cause of;
    bring about: [+ object]What caused the accident?[+ object + object]My error caused me a lot of trouble.[+ object + to + verb]What caused him to get so excited?

'cause /kɔz, kʌz, unstressed kəz/USA pronunciation   conj.  Informal.
  1. Informal Termsbecause:Don't leave, 'cause we'll be sad if you go.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cause  (kôz),USA pronunciation 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.
  4. Law
    • Lawa ground of legal action;
      the matter over which a person goes to law.
    • a case for judicial decision.
  5. any subject of discussion or debate.
  6. Sociologya principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated:the Socialist cause; the human rights cause.
  7. the welfare of a person or group, seen as a subject of concern:support for the cause of the American Indian.
  8. Philosophy
    • 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).
  9. Idiomsmake common 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.

  1. to be the cause of;
    bring about.
causa•ble, adj. 
caus′a•bili•ty, n. 
causeless, adj. 
causeless•ly, adv. 
causeless•ness, n. 
causer, n. 
  • Latin causa reason, sake, case
  • Middle English 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Cause, occasion refer to the starting of effects into motion. A
      cause is an agency, perhaps acting through a long time, or a long-standing situation, that produces an effect:The cause of the quarrel between the two men was jealousy.An
      occasion is an event that provides an opportunity for the effect to become evident, or perhaps promotes its becoming evident:The occasion was the fact that one man's wages were increased.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  reason. 
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effect, make, create, produce.

'cause  (kôz, kuz, unstressed kəz),USA pronunciation conj. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termsbecause.
  • 1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cause /kɔːz/ n
  1. a person, thing, event, state, or action that produces an effect
  2. grounds for action; motive; justification: she had good cause to shout like that
  3. the ideals, etc, of a group or movement: the Communist cause
  4. the welfare or interests of a person or group in a dispute: they fought for the miners' cause
  5. a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
  6. the lawsuit itself
  7. make common cause withto join with (a person, group, etc) for a common objective
  1. (transitive) to be the cause of; bring about; precipitate; be the reason for
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin causa cause, reason, motive

ˈcauseless adj
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Collocations: cause [panic, destruction, an accident], is a [known, major, common, main] cause of [diabetes, cancer], cause and effect relationships, more...

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