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Definition of CAUSE

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Cause \Cause\ (k[add]z), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

              Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to make one thing begin to be.           --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing. [1913 Webster]

     3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]
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              I did it not for his cause.           --2 Cor. vii.
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     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. [1913 Webster]

     5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general. [1913 Webster]

              What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause.                                --Burke. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

Cause \Cause\, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster]

           I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days.
                                                    --Gen. vii. 4. [1913 Webster]

           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. [1913 Webster]

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

Cause \Cause\, v. i.
     To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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

Cause \Cause\, conj.
     Abbreviation of {Because}. --B. Jonson.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

161 Moby Thesaurus words for "cause":
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