Meaning of CAUSE in English


I. ˈkȯz noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin causa

Date: 13th century


a. : a reason for an action or condition : motive

b. : something that brings about an effect or a result

c. : a person or thing that is the occasion of an action or state ; especially : an agent that brings something about

d. : sufficient reason

discharged for cause


a. : a ground of legal action

b. : case

3. : a matter or question to be decided


a. : a principle or movement militantly defended or supported

b. : a charitable undertaking

for a good cause

• cause·less -ləs adjective

II. transitive verb

( caused ; caus·ing )

Date: 14th century

1. : to serve as a cause or occasion of

cause an accident

2. : to compel by command, authority, or force

caused him to resign

• caus·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.