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rea·son

reason

 
 
pronunciation:
ri zn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a cause or explanation for an action, opinion, or event.
He had a good reason for being late.What's the reason for the party?
synonyms:
ground
similar words:
foundation
definition 2: the power to think in a clear way.
The teacher gives assignments that require students to use their reason.
similar words:
mind
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part of speech: verb
inflections: reasons, reasoning, reasoned
definition: to explain or argue by using reason.
When she didn't meet me for lunch, I reasoned that she had too much work at the office.
similar words:
analyze, consider, figure, solve, think
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