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reason  

  ( reasons    plural & 3rd person present)   ( reasoning    present participle)   ( reasoned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The reasonfor something is a fact or situation which explains why it happens or what causes it to happen.  
usu with supp, oft N for n, N to-inf  
There is a reason for every important thing that happens..., Who would have a reason to want to kill her?     
2       n-uncount   If you say that you have reasonto believe something or to have a particular emotion, you mean that you have evidence for your belief or there is a definite cause of your feeling.  
usu N to-inf  
They had reason to believe there could be trouble..., He had every reason to be upset...     
3       n-uncount   The ability that people have to think and to make sensible judgments can be referred to as reason.  
...a conflict between emotion and reason...     
4       verb   If you reasonthat something is true, you decide that it is true after thinking carefully about all the facts.  
I reasoned that changing my diet would lower my cholesterol level...      V that  
`Listen,' I reasoned, `it doesn't take a genius to figure out what Adam's up to.'      V with quote  
    reasoned  
    reasoning  
5    If one thing happens by reason of another, it happens because of it.  
FORMAL  
by reason of             phrase   PHR n  
The boss retains enormous influence by reason of his position...     
6    If you try to make someone listen to reason, you try to persuade them to listen to sensible arguments and be influenced by them.  
listen to reason      phrase   V inflects  
The company's top executives had refused to listen to reason.     
7    If you say that something happened or was done for no reason, for no good reason, or for no reason at all, you mean that there was no obvious reason why it happened or was done.  
for no reason/ for no reason at all      phrase   PHR with cl  
The guards, he said, would punch them for no reason..., For no reason at all the two men started to laugh.     
8    If a person or thing is someone's reason for living or their reason for being, they are the most important thing in that person's life.  
reason for living/reason for being      phrase   usu poss PHR  
Chloe is my reason for living.     
9    If you say that something happened or is true for some reason, you mean that you know it happened or is true, but you do not know why.  
for some reason      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    For some inexplicable reason she was attracted to Patrick.     
10    If you say that you will do anything within reason, you mean that you will do anything that is fair or reasonable and not too extreme.  
within reason      phrase   PHR with cl, n PHR  
I will take any job that comes along, within reason...     
11   
    rhyme or reason  
    rhyme  
    to see reason  
    see  
    it stands to reason  
    stand   reason with      phrasal verb   If you try to reason with someone, you try to persuade them to do or accept something by using sensible arguments.  
I have watched parents trying to reason with their children and have never seen it work.      V P n  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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reason     ( reasons    plural & 3rd person present)   ( reasoning    present participle)   ( reasoned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The reasonfor something is a fact or situation which explains why it happens or what causes it to happen.  
usu with supp, oft N for n, N to-inf  
There is a reason for every important thing that happens..., Who would have a reason to want to kill her?     
2       n-uncount   If you say that you have reasonto believe something or to have a particular emotion, you mean that you have evidence for your belief or there is a definite cause of your feeling.  
usu N to-inf  
They had reason to believe there could be trouble..., He had every reason to be upset...     
3       n-uncount   The ability that people have to think and to make sensible judgments can be referred to as reason.  
...a conflict between emotion and reason...     
4       verb   If you reasonthat something is true, you decide that it is true after thinking carefully about all the facts.  
I reasoned that changing my diet would lower my cholesterol level...      V that  
`Listen,' I reasoned, `it doesn't take a genius to figure out what Adam's up to.'      V with quote  
    reasoned  
    reasoning  
5    If one thing happens by reason of another, it happens because of it.  
FORMAL  
by reason of      phrase   PHR n  
The boss retains enormous influence by reason of his position...     
6    If you try to make someone listen to reason, you try to persuade them to listen to sensible arguments and be influenced by them.  
listen to reason      phrase   V inflects  
The company's top executives had refused to listen to reason.     
7    If you say that something happened or was done for no reason, for no good reason, or for no reason at all, you mean that there was no obvious reason why it happened or was done.  
for no reason/ for no reason at all      phrase   PHR with cl  
The guards, he said, would punch them for no reason..., For no reason at all the two men started to laugh.     
8    If a person or thing is someone's reason for living or their reason for being, they are the most important thing in that person's life.  
reason for living/reason for being      phrase   usu poss PHR  
Chloe is my reason for living.     
9    If you say that something happened or is true for some reason, you mean that you know it happened or is true, but you do not know why.  
for some reason      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    For some inexplicable reason she was attracted to Patrick.     
10    If you say that you will do anything within reason, you mean that you will do anything that is fair or reasonable and not too extreme.  
within reason      phrase   PHR with cl, n PHR  
I will take any job that comes along, within reason...     
11   
    rhyme or reason  
    rhyme  
    to see reason  
    see  
    it stands to reason  
    stand   reason with      phrasal verb   If you try to reason with someone, you try to persuade them to do or accept something by using sensible arguments.  
I have watched parents trying to reason with their children and have never seen it work.      V P n  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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reason  


      n  
1    apprehension, brains, comprehension, intellect, judgment, logic, mentality, mind, ratiocination, rationality, reasoning, sanity, sense(s), sound mind, soundness, understanding  
2    aim, basis, cause, design, end, goal, grounds, impetus, incentive, inducement, intention, motive, object, occasion, purpose, target, warrant, why and wherefore     (informal)  
3    apologia, apology, argument, case, defence, excuse, explanation, exposition, ground, justification, rationale, vindication  
4    bounds, limits, moderation, propriety, reasonableness, sense, sensibleness, wisdom  
5    in or within reason      in moderation, proper, reasonable, sensible, warrantable, within bounds, within limits  
      vb  
6    conclude, deduce, draw conclusions, infer, make out, ratiocinate, resolve, solve, syllogize, think, work out  
7      (with)       with   argue, bring round     (informal)   debate, dispute, dissuade, expostulate, move, persuade, prevail upon, remonstrate, show (someone) the error of his ways, talk into or out of, urge, win over  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    emotion, feeling, instinct, sentiment  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
adj.
sufficient or enough to do something/ for a one reason
I has an adequate food for her dinner
n.
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
n.
a player who asks too many funny questions that can be related as being stupid
Origin of the word is a "newbie" that can be shortened as a Newb
n.
A pipe that carries water and pollutants after being used in houses and businesses.
n.
The state of being acceptable or officially true; the statement that is powerful to convince someone something is right.
n.
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
adj.
always thinking of what other people want and being anxious not to disturb them
I want to be a considerate person who always help friends when they are in trouble.
n.
a person who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started.
id.
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
n.
person who is very important and dear without formally being the spouse
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
expression used for saying that someone is worth being kept close (as a friend, partner..)
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.
n.
a government scheme that moves people to a new area (e.g. because a dam is being built where they live)
exp.
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
n.
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"
n.
a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, well-being
E.g: Nothing compares to the warm fuzzies you get when seeing again your old friends.
n.
informal name given to footwear items like socks, home foot covers or plastic foot covers used for hygienical reasons

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