cause for concern meaning, cause for concern definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( causes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( causing    present participle)   ( caused    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The causeof an event, usually a bad event, is the thing that makes it happen.  
oft N of n     (Antonym: effect)    Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death and disease..., The causes are a complex blend of local and national tensions.     
2       verb   To cause something, usually something bad, means to make it happen.  
Attempts to limit family size among some minorities are likely to cause problems...      V n  
This was a genuine mistake, but it did cause me some worry.      V n n  
...a protein that gets into animal cells and attacks other proteins, causing disease to spread.      V n to-inf  
...the damage to Romanian democracy caused by events of the past few days.      V-ed  
3       n-uncount   If you have causefor a particular feeling or action, you have good reasons for feeling it or doing it.  
N for n, N to-inf   (=reason)  
Only a few people can find any cause for celebration..., Both had much cause to be grateful for the secretiveness of government in Britain.     
4       n-count   A cause is an aim or principle which a group of people supports or is fighting for.  
Refusing to have one leader has not helped the cause.     
    lost cause  
5    You use cause and effect to talk about the way in which one thing is caused by another.  
cause and effect      phrase  
...fundamental laws of biological cause and effect.     
6    If you say that something is in a good cause or for a good cause, you mean that it is worth doing or giving to because it will help other people, for example by raising money for charity.  
in a good cause/for a good cause      phrase  
The Raleigh International Bike Ride is open to anyone who wants to raise money for a good cause.     

'cause   , cause   'Cause is an informal way of saying because.      conj  
30 families are suffering 'cause they're out of work.     
cause célèbre     ( causes célèbres    plural  ) , cause celebre   A cause célèbre is an issue, person, or criminal trial that has attracted a lot of public attention and discussion.  
FORMAL      n-count  
The Kravchenko trial became a cause celebre in Paris and internationally.     
lost cause        ( lost causes    plural  ) If you refer to something or someone as alost cause, you mean that people's attempts to change or influence them have no chance of succeeding.      n-count  
They do not want to expend energy in what, to them, is a lost cause.     
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chiche plaideur perdra sa cause
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
ce n'est pas tout d'avoir bonne cause, il faut encore savoir solliciter
a substance containing a harmless form of the germs that cause a particular disease. It is given to people, usually by injection, to prevent them from getting that disease.
Cybertort is a willful act done by a person on internet that may cause legal injuries to virtual identity or virtual property of a person in cyberspace
[Leg.];[Tech.] cyber defamation is Cybertort
activist using hacking as a method, hacker who does it for a "cause"
new word, not yet largely used
expression referring to a high amount of effort, dedication, endurance for pursuing a cause, achieving a goal
He put blood, sweat and tears in making this movie
à une petite chose, l'inquiétude donne une grande ombre
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