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cause

  
  ( 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.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
n.
A vaccine is 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 getting that disease.
det.
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
n.
activist using hacking as a method, hacker who does it for a "cause"
new word, not yet largely used
id.
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

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