Meaning of CAUSE in English

CAUSE

I.

noun

1 sb/sth that makes sth happen

ADJECTIVE

▪ real , root , true , underlying

the root ~ of the problem

▪ deeper

A deeper ~ for resentment is the discrepancy in pay.

▪ biggest , chief , clear , fundamental , important , leading , main , major , number-one , primary , prime , principal , significant

▪ common

Smoking is a common ~ of premature death.

▪ likely , possible , probable

▪ known , unknown

▪ direct , indirect

▪ immediate , initial

▪ contributory

▪ hidden

VERB + CAUSE

▪ determine , discover , find , identify , pinpoint , reveal

attempts to identify the immediate ~ of the breakdown

▪ examine , investigate , study

▪ know , understand

▪ address

CAUSE + VERB

▪ be , lie in sth , remain

What are the ~s of the crisis?

The real ~ of the problem lies in the poor construction of the bridge.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

the ~s of blindness

PHRASES

▪ ~ and effect

▪ the ~ of death

▪ due to natural ~s , from natural ~s , of natural ~s

He died of natural ~s.

▪ the exact ~ of sth , the precise ~ of sth

The precise ~ of the accident is not known.

▪ have many ~s , have several ~s , have various ~s

2 reason

ADJECTIVE

▪ good , great , real , reasonable , sufficient

VERB + CAUSE

▪ have

We have good ~ to believe that he was involved in the crime.

▪ find

The experts may find ~ to disagree with the school's decision.

▪ give (sb)

Her health is giving us great ~ for concern.

▪ show

The onus is on government departments to show ~ why information cannot be disclosed.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ for

There is no ~ for alarm.

PHRASES

▪ ~ for concern , with good ~ , without good ~ , without just ~

3 aim that people believe in

ADJECTIVE

▪ deserving , good , just , noble , righteous ( esp. AmE ), worthwhile , worthy

The money she left went to various worthy ~s.

▪ favourite/favorite , pet ( AmE )

▪ bad , unjust

▪ common

The different groups support a common ~.

▪ hopeless , lost (= one that has failed or that cannot succeed)

▪ charitable , environmental , humanitarian , political , social

▪ communist , conservative , liberal , socialist , etc.

VERB + CAUSE

▪ advance , champion , embrace , fight for , further , help , promote , serve , support

young men willing to fight for the ~

She would do anything that would further the ~.

▪ be committed to , be sympathetic to

▪ join , take up

She has taken up the liberal ~.

▪ plead

He pleaded the ~ of the local fishermen.

PREPOSITION

▪ for the ~ of , in the ~ of

They were not prepared to sacrifice themselves for the ~ of the country.

battles fought in the ~ of decentralization

▪ in a/the ~

prominent figures in the socialist ~

PHRASES

▪ (all) for a good ~ ( esp. AmE ), (all) in a good ~ ( esp. BrE )

The function took a lot of organizing, but was all for/in a good ~.

II.

verb

Cause is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ earthquake , ↑ explosion , ↑ factor , ↑ flood , ↑ fluctuation , ↑ gene , ↑ illness , ↑ imbalance , ↑ incident , ↑ infection , ↑ injury , ↑ movement , ↑ mutation , ↑ parasite , ↑ shortage , ↑ stress , ↑ virus

Cause is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ abscess , ↑ accident , ↑ acne , ↑ addiction , ↑ agony , ↑ ailment , ↑ alarm , ↑ allergy , ↑ alteration , ↑ amusement , ↑ anarchy , ↑ anger , ↑ anguish , ↑ annoyance , ↑ antagonism , ↑ anxiety , ↑ apprehension , ↑ argument , ↑ attack , ↑ backlash , ↑ bankruptcy , ↑ bitterness , ↑ blast , ↑ bleeding , ↑ blockage , ↑ bloodshed , ↑ boom , ↑ bother , ↑ breach , ↑ breakdown , ↑ breakup , ↑ build-up , ↑ burn , ↑ cancellation , ↑ cancer , ↑ casualty , ↑ cataract , ↑ catastrophe , ↑ change , ↑ chaos , ↑ closure , ↑ colic , ↑ collapse , ↑ collision , ↑ comment , ↑ commotion , ↑ complication , ↑ concern , ↑ conflict , ↑ confusion , ↑ congestion , ↑ consternation , ↑ constipation , ↑ contamination , ↑ controversy , ↑ convulsion , ↑ corrosion , ↑ crash , ↑ crime , ↑ crisis , ↑ damage , ↑ danger , ↑ death , ↑ decay , ↑ decline , ↑ decrease , ↑ defect , ↑ deficiency , ↑ deformity , ↑ dehydration , ↑ delay , ↑ demise , ↑ depletion , ↑ depression , ↑ destruction , ↑ deterioration , ↑ devastation , ↑ diarrhoea , ↑ difficulty , ↑ disability , ↑ disagreement , ↑ disappearance , ↑ disaster , ↑ discomfort , ↑ discontent , ↑ discord , ↑ disease , ↑ disillusionment , ↑ dismay , ↑ disorder , ↑ dispute , ↑ disruption , ↑ dissatisfaction , ↑ dissent , ↑ distortion , ↑ distraction , ↑ distress , ↑ disturbance , ↑ division , ↑ downfall , ↑ drop , ↑ drought , ↑ earthquake , ↑ embarrassment , ↑ epidemic , ↑ erosion , ↑ error , ↑ eruption , ↑ excitement , ↑ explosion , ↑ extinction , ↑ failure , ↑ fall , ↑ famine , ↑ fatigue , ↑ fear , ↑ feeling , ↑ fever , ↑ fight , ↑ fire , ↑ fit , ↑ flood , ↑ fluctuation , ↑ flutter , ↑ frenzy , ↑ friction , ↑ frustration , ↑ furore , ↑ fury , ↑ fuss , ↑ grief , ↑ hallucination , ↑ handicap , ↑ hardship , ↑ harm , ↑ havoc , ↑ hazard , ↑ headache , ↑ hurt , ↑ hysteria , ↑ illness , ↑ imbalance , ↑ impotence , ↑ incident , ↑ inconvenience , ↑ increase , ↑ inefficiency , ↑ inequality , ↑ infection , ↑ infertility , ↑ inflammation , ↑ inflation , ↑ injury , ↑ injustice , ↑ instability , ↑ irritation , ↑ jealousy , ↑ landslide , ↑ leak , ↑ leukaemia , ↑ loss , ↑ mess , ↑ migraine , ↑ miscarriage , ↑ mischief , ↑ misery , ↑ mishap , ↑ misunderstanding , ↑ mortality , ↑ mutation , ↑ nausea , ↑ obstruction , ↑ offence , ↑ outage , ↑ outbreak , ↑ outcry , ↑ outrage , ↑ pain , ↑ panic , ↑ paralysis , ↑ pneumonia , ↑ poisoning , ↑ pollution , ↑ problem , ↑ rash , ↑ reaction , ↑ recession , ↑ reduction , ↑ relapse , ↑ relaxation , ↑ resentment , ↑ revolt , ↑ revulsion , ↑ rift , ↑ riot , ↑ ripple , ↑ row , ↑ scandal , ↑ scare , ↑ scene , ↑ sensation , ↑ shame , ↑ shift , ↑ shortage , ↑ sickness , ↑ side effect , ↑ smash , ↑ sore , ↑ sorrow , ↑ spasm , ↑ speculation , ↑ split , ↑ stagnation , ↑ stink , ↑ stir , ↑ stoppage , ↑ storm , ↑ strain , ↑ stress , ↑ strife , ↑ suffering , ↑ surprise , ↑ suspicion , ↑ swelling , ↑ symptom , ↑ syndrome , ↑ tension , ↑ tornado , ↑ traffic jam , ↑ tragedy , ↑ transformation , ↑ tremor , ↑ trouble , ↑ turmoil , ↑ uncertainty , ↑ unease , ↑ unemployment , ↑ unhappiness , ↑ unrest , ↑ upheaval , ↑ uproar , ↑ upset , ↑ vandalism , ↑ vibration , ↑ waste , ↑ wave , ↑ weakness , ↑ wear , ↑ worry , ↑ wreck

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