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cause

cause

 
 
pronunciation:
kawz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something or someone that produces a result or effect.
The new baby was the cause of much joy.The cause of the fire was a cigarette.
synonyms:
agent, influence, source
antonyms:
effect
similar words:
factor, instrumentality, motive, occasion, root, stimulus
definition 2: good reason or sufficient motive.
There is no cause for worry.He punished the child without cause.
synonyms:
excuse, justification, rationale, reason, warrant
similar words:
explanation, grounds, subject
definition 3: a principle or goal that one serves by action.
They're working for the cause of world peace.
similar words:
belief, conviction, ideal, mission, side, tenet
definition 4: in law, a basis for legal action.
You must show cause in order to receive an injunction.
similar words:
basis, grounds
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: caused, causes, causing
definition: to make happen; be the cause of.
The rain caused severe flooding.The accident was caused by a drunk driver.The insult caused him to lose his temper.The ice caused the car to skid.
synonyms:
beget, induce
similar words:
author, breed, bring, create, determine, do, effect, engender, give rise to, lead, originate, prompt, provoke, stimulate, sway, work
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derivation: causeless (adj.)