• WordNet 3.6
    • v cause 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 cause give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally "cause a commotion","make a stir","cause an accident"
    • n cause any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
    • n cause 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 cause 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 cause a justification for something existing or happening "he had no cause to complain","they had good reason to rejoice"
    • n cause events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Teenage suicide is the second cause of death in the state of Wisconsin
    • Cause (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.
    • conj Cause Abbreviation of Because.
    • Cause Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general. "What counsel give you in this weighty cause !"
    • Cause Sake; interest; advantage. "I did it not for his cause ."
    • Cause That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
    • Cause 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."
    • Cause 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.""The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause ."
    • v. i Cause To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.
    • v. t Cause 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 verb. "I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days.""Cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Influenza caused over twenty-one million deaths in 1918
    • n cause That by the power of which an event or thing is; a principle from which an effect arises; that upon which something depends per se; in general, anything which stands to something else in a real relation analogous to the mental relation of the antecedent to the consequent of a conditional proposition. Nominalist philosophers commonly hold that every effect is the result not of one but of many causes (see total cause, below); but the usual doctrine is that the effect is an abstract element of a thing or event, while the cause is an ab-stract element of an antecedent event. Four kinds of causes are recognized by Aristotelians: the material, formal, efficient, and final cause. Material cause is that which gives being to the thing, the matter by the de termination of which it is constituted; formal cause, that which gives the thing its characteristics, the form or determination by which the matter becomes the thing; efficient cause, an external cause preceding its effect in time, and distinguished from material and formal cause by being external to that which it causes, and from the end or final cause in being that by which something is made or done, and not merely that for the sake of which it is made or done; final cause, an external cause following after that which it determines (called the means), the end for which the effect exists. Other divisions of causes are as follows: subordinate or second cause, one which is itself caused by something else; first cause, that which is not caused by anything else; proximate or immediate cause, one between which and the effect no other cause intervenes, or, in law, that from which the effect might be expected to follow without the concurrence of any unusual circumstances; remote cause, the opposite of proximate cause; total cause, the aggregate of all the antecedents which suffice to bring about the event; partial cause, something which tends to bring about an effect, but only in conjunction with other causes; emanative cause, that which by its mere existence determines the effect; active cause, that which brings about the effect by an action or operation, termed the causation; immanent cause, that which briugs about some effect within itself, as the mind calling up an image; transient cause, that whose effect lies outside itself; free cause, that which is self-determined and free to act or not act: opposed to necessary cause; principal cause, that upon which the effect mainly depends; instrumental cause, a cause subservient to the principal cause. The above are the chief distinctions of the Aristotelians. The physicians, following Galen, recognized three kinds of causes, the procatarctic, proégumenal, and synectic. The procatarctic cause is an antecedent condition of things outside of the principal cause, facilitating the production of the effect; the proëgumenal cause is that within the principal cause which either predisposes or directly excites it to action; and the synectic, containing, or continent cause is the essence of the disease itself considered as the cause of the symptoms; thus typhoid fever might be referred to as the continent cause of ocher-stools or a quickened pulse. Other varieties are the occasional cause (see occasionalism); moral cause, the person inciting the agent to action; objective cause, the ideas which excite the imagination of the agent; and sufficient cause, one which suffices to bring about the effect (see sufficient reason, under reason).
    • n cause Specifically An antecedent upon which an effect follows according to a law of nature; an efficient cause. The common conception of a cause, as producing an effect similar to itself at a later time and without essential reference to any third factor, is at variance with the established principles of mechanics. Two successive positions of a system must be known, in addition to the law of the force, before a position can be predicted; but the common idea of a cause is that of a single antecedent determining a consequent of the same nature. Moreover, the action of a force is strictly contemporaneous with it and comes to an end with it; and no known law of nature coördinates events separated by an interval of time.
    • n cause The reason or motive for mental action or decision; ground for action in general.
    • n cause In law, a legal proceeding between adverse parties; a case for judicial decision. See case, 5.
    • n cause In a general sense, any subject of question or debate; a subject of special interest or concern; business; affair.
    • n cause Advantage; interest; sake.
    • n cause That side of a question which an individual or party takes up; that object to which the efforts of a person or party are directed.
    • cause To make; force; compel; with an infinitive after the object: as, the storm caused him to seek shelter.
    • cause To show cause; give reasons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks
    • n Cause kawz that which produces an effect: that by or through which anything happens: motive: inducement: a legal action between contending parties: sake, advantage: that side of a question which is taken up by an individual or party: :
    • v.t Cause to produce: to make to exist: to bring about:
    • conj Cause (dial.) because
    • n Cause a form of verb or noun expressing such
    • n Cause kawz (Shak.) accusation
    • n Cause kawz (Shak.) matter, affair in general
    • v.t Cause (Spens.) to give excuses
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  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us. cause they are.”
  • Julius Caesar
    “In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “Great causes and little men go ill together.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I tell you: it is the good war that hallows every cause.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. causer, fr. cause, fr. L. causa,. See Cause (n.), and cf. Acouse


In literature:

Those who were most dissatisfied made common cause with the Seminoles.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
It is the cause of God; the cause for which Immanuel died.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
At the time he saw no cause for alarm in the proximity of the capital.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The question of horses also caused anxiety.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Besides the efficient cause, as above explained, the final cause, or convenience, of these organic actions are worthy our attention.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
It is this which causes so copious deposits upon the windows of a crowded school-room in cold weather.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
The delay caused by the inquiry after Sindo, at the village, was that which had caused the cup to slip.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The approach of the rival boat was the cause of the excitement.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
If beans or seeds are not washed out by syringing, the water may cause them to swell and produce pain.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
The greatness of the grief he would cause his parents by such a grave crime, never entered his mind.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther

In poetry:

Injuring not,
Fear will they cause thee.
Oh, worthy man,
Fly from this land!
"To My Friend - Ode II" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This is God's hospitality,
And whoso rests beneath a tree
Hath cause to thank Him gratefully.
"Shade" by Theodosia Garrison
The lift it's sae cheery!
The win' it's sae free!
I hing ower my dearie,
And sing 'cause I see.
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
It weeps without cause
In my heart-sick heart.
In her faith, what? no flaws?
This grief has no cause.
"Ariettes Oubliees" by Paul Verlaine
Young men riding in the street
In the bright new season
Spur without reason
Causing their steeds to leap.
"Image From D'Orleans" by Ezra Pound
I discard eloquence
the empty sail
and the swollen sail
which cause the ship to lose her course
"Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica)" by Jean Cocteau

In news:

Radioactive iodine, which was not measured by the new study, has been identified as the likely cause of some of the most serious health effects of the 1986 Chernobyl accident by causing thyroid cancer.
Steven Paul Spencer of Ravenna has been charged with driving while intoxicated causing death for allegedly smoking marijuana and causing a head-on crash Saturday on Heights Ravenna Road.
The researchers found no example where two subsequent infections were caused by the same strain, meaning the disease was caused the second time by reinfection in all cases—there were no recurrences .
But a recently unveiled design has caused so much controversy that the company has nixed its plans to sell them and offered an apology for causing offense.
Shifting land caused by the melting of Canadian glaciers causes Chicago to sink at the rate of about a millimeter a year, a Northwestern University study has found.
The blaze, which caused no damage to the main restaurant next door, caused minimal damage.
So it may help the body to heal the infections that cause a sore throat while fighting the germs that cause the pain and the irritation.
Fresno Police say a drunk driver who caused a minor accident caused a major accident while trying to get away.
Income inequality looks different in different circumstances, and can be caused by - and can cause - different things.
The genetic cause of a syndrome that causes stunted growth in babies has eluded scientists since it was discovered 20 years ago.
2012 Jeep Patriot bumper fire caused by exhaust Jeep Patriot owner Marty Leisure put together this video illustrating how his vehicle's muffler became locked behind its bumper, causing a fire due to the hot exhaust.
A carbon monoxide leak this week caused the evacuation and temporary closing of a bowling alley in West Allis, and caused me a bit of a chuckle.
Tannery did not contain enough of a cancer-causing chemical to cause health problems in areas where the sludge was used to fertilize farmland.
With the recession causing businesses to slow or shut down altogether, trash is piling up at a slower pace, causing fewer pick-ups and less revenue for dozens of Long Island's independent carting companies.
Fire That Caused $400M In Damage To Navy Sub Was Caused By Vacuum Cleaner .

In science:

From eq.(5) it is easily seen that the motion dumping of the SchEl is caused by well-known Lorentz’ dumping force owing to radiation friction of its moving WllSpr ElmElcChrg.
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
The cause of this distinction consists of indifference between the liquid and FlcVcm.
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
The “initiate classification” selection will cause the user to be prompted for which classifier tool to invoke, then guide the user through selecting parameter values that are specific to that tool.
A GRB Tool Shed
The splitting caused by periodic nonuniformity in fact is not surprising.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
It should also be noted that the observed velocity width of UGC 12695 causes it to fall well off the standard Tully-Fisher relation, lying approximately 2.5 magnitudes (3σ ) above the LSB galaxy line defined by Zwaan, (1995) (Figure 5).
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions