Causes

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cause \Cause\ (k[add]z), noun [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf. {Cause}, v., {Kickshaw}.]

1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.

Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to make one thing begin to be. --Locke.

2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.

3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]

I did it not for his cause. --2 Cor. vii. 12.

4. (Law) A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action.

5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general.

What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak.

6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain.

God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak.

The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause. --Burke.

{Efficient cause}, the agent or force that produces a change or result.

{Final cause}, the end, design, or object, for which anything is done.

{Formal cause}, the elements of a conception which make the conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the idea viewed as a formative principle and cooperating with the matter.

{Material cause}, that of which anything is made.

{Proximate cause}. See under {Proximate}.

{To make common cause with}, to join with in purposes and aims. --Macaulay.

Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement; inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cause \Cause\, conj. Abbreviation of {Because}. --B. Jonson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cause \Cause\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Caused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Causing}.] [F. causer, fr. cause, fr. L. causa. See {Cause}, n., and cf. {Acouse}.] To effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; -- usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb.

I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days. --Gen. vii. 4.

Cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans. --Col. iv. 16.

Syn: To create; produce; beget; effect; occasion; originate; induce; bring about.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cause \Cause\, verb (used without an object) To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cause

noun

1: events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"

2: a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice" [syn: {cause}, {reason}, {grounds}]

3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: {campaign}, {cause}, {crusade}, {drive}, {movement}, {effort}]

4: any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results [syn: {causal agent}, {cause}, {causal agency}]

5: a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord" [syn: {lawsuit}, {suit}, {case}, {cause}, {causa}]

verb

1: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident" [syn: {cause}, {do}, {make}]

2: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: {induce}, {stimulate}, {cause}, {have}, {get}, {make}]


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