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n., v. caused, caus•ing. n.
1. a person that acts or a thing that occurs so as to produce a specific result: the cause of the accident.
2. the reason or motive for some action: a cause for rejoicing.
3. good or sufficient reason: to complain without cause.
a. a ground of legal action.
b. a case for judicial decision.
5. a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the Socialist cause; the human rights cause.v.t.
6. to be the cause of; bring about.Idioms:
make common cause, to unite in a joint effort.
[1175–1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin causa reason, sake]
'cause(kɔz, kʌz, unstressed kəz)