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spoken English28.57%written English71.43% conversational speech24.38%task-oriented speech75.63% imaginative writing28.98%informational writing71.02%
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Cause is sometimes a misspelling of because, coarse or course.

The word cause is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cause

What does cause mean as a name of something?

Cause is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: causes

  1. events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
    • example: they are trying to determine the cause of the crash
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: inception / origin / origination = an event that is a beginning
    • more specific words:
  2. a justification for something existing or happening
    • example: he had no cause to complain
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of cause: grounds / reason
    • more generic word: justification = a statement in explanation of some action or belief
  3. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  4. any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
  5. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

Alternative definition of the noun cause


  1. The source or reason of an event or action
  2. A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.

Definition of the verb cause

What does cause mean as a doing word?

Cause is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: caused | causing | causes

  1. give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  2. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    • example: They cause him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of cause: get / have / induce / make / stimulate
    • more specific words:
      • decide = cause to decide
      • persuade = cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action
      • bring = induce or persuade
      • solicit = incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
      • encourage = spur on
      • let = actively cause something to happen
      • lead = cause to undertake a certain action
      • instigate / inspire / prompt = serve as the inciting cause of
      • suborn = induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
      • obligate / compel / oblige = force somebody to do something

Alternative definition of the verb cause


  1. To set off an event or action.
  2. To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority.


Cause is a musical group.


Who is Cause?

Cause is a singer.


  1. "Cause" is a musical album of Harmful.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  2. "Cause" is a musical album of Cause.
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. Cause: how it was destroyed eg.
  2. Cause: reason for crash, any factors that contributed.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cause

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Google previewLife's Ultimate Questions (2010)

An Introduction to Philosophy by Ronald H. Nash

The material cause is the stuff of which a thing is made. In the case of a baseball bat, the material cause is the wood that composes the bat.3 (2) The formal cause is the set of essential properties without which a thing could not be the kind ...

Google previewThe Path of Philosophy: Truth, Wonder, and Distress (2011)

by John Marmysz

The formal cause is the form, structure, or essence of a thing. Formal logic: The study of correct and incorrect forms of reasoning. Foundationalism: The belief that there is a final foundation upon which all knowledge rests and from which all ...

Google previewCausation: A Very Short Introduction (2013)

by Stephen Mumford, Rani Lill Anjum

Any instance of causation will include all four causes, Aristotle thought. Two of these causes—matter and form—are intrinsic to any particular object. The material cause is the matter out of which something is made .

Google previewThe Why of Things (2013)

Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life by Peter V. Rabins

The material cause is the bronze and the unique properties that make that alloy desirable for the production of a representation of a detailed human body. The formal cause is the conception of the ideal body and the concept of making an ...

Google previewRhetoric & Dialectic in the Time of Galileo (2003)

by Jean Dietz Moss, William A. Wallace

Agricola describes it as follows: a cause is that with whose force or power something is done; others in this: it is that from whose force or power something follows; or, it is that [328] from which an effect follows in the order of nature. Yet others,2 ...

Google previewRules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers (2011)

by Ricky Smith, R. Keith Mobley

A direct cause is a barrier/control problem that immediately preceded the occurrence and permitted the condition to exist or adverse event to occur.

Google previewNational Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16

cause. Identifying and definitional attributes Metadata item type: Technical name: METeOR identifier: Registration status:...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Homeland Security and Defense (2006)

by Margaret R. O'Leary

also called endogenous cause variation or systemic cause variation, in a process is due to the process itself and is produced by interactions of variables of that process is inherent in all processes, not a disturbance in the process. It can be ...

Google previewA Carib Grammar and Dictionary (2008)

by Henk Courtz

/vt/ cause to protrude, cause to bulge out (w)enukairo /vm/ cause ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

coli is an important cause of bacteremia, which often occurs without an overt portal of entry. There are many variant strains of Escherichia coli living in the lower intestinal tract, and the vast majority are welltolerated by the immune system.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1994)

Volume 48 - Residual Refining and Processing to Safety: Operating Discipline by John J. McKetta Jr

Rubs of stainless steel rotors appear particularly damaging and are known to cause rapid permanent rotor deformation. High-performance steam turbines, on the other hand, are designed with very tight labyrinth clearances and are almost ...

Google previewDictionary of Existentialism (2013)

by Haim Gordon

Its cause is a self alienated from itself as SPIRIT and therefore lacking personal relation to God. Spiritual alienation can be recognized in boredom, melancholy, and despair. In boredom, one sees the nothingness of human existence whenone ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Radiation may cause damage to living ...

Google previewThe Environment Dictionary (1998)

by David D. Kemp

EARTHQUAKE 112 from the origin or focus of the earthquake, but those which reach the surface immediately above the focus - the epicentre of the quake - and spread from there cause the most visible damage. Earthquakes are classified ...

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Usage statistics about cause

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Usage statistics for the verb cause:

spoken English28.57%written English71.43% conversational speech24.38%task-oriented speech75.63% imaginative writing28.98%informational writing71.02%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cause:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cause:


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Quotes about Cause

Pleasure is of many kinds.
to cause fear
to cause suffering,
to cause humiliation,
to cause jealousy,
to cause envy,
to cause good will,
and to generate love
In others.
The last is the noblest.
12.12.2001, Pakd (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of C3A1U1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of CAUSE

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