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
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.
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.
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.