Meaning of CAUSE in English

/ kɔːz; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] the person or thing that makes sth happen :

Unemployment is a major cause of poverty.

There was discussion about the fire and its likely cause.

Drinking and driving is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents.

➡ note at reason


[ U ] cause (for sth) a reason for having particular feelings or behaving in a particular way :

There is no cause for concern .

The food was excellent—I had no cause for complaint .

with / without good cause (= with / without a good reason)


[ C ] an organization or idea that people support or fight for :

Animal welfare campaigners raised £70 000 for their cause last year.

a good cause (= an organization that does good work, such as a charity)

fighting for the Republican cause

—see also lost cause


[ C ] ( law ) a case that goes to court


- be for / in a good cause

—more at common adjective

■ verb

to make sth happen, especially sth bad or unpleasant :

[ vn ]

Do they know what caused the fire?

Are you causing trouble again?

The bad weather is causing problems for many farmers.

deaths caused by dangerous driving

[ vn to inf ]

The poor harvest caused prices to rise sharply.

[ vnn ]

The project is still causing him a lot of problems.



Middle English : from Old French , from Latin causa (noun), causare (verb).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.