(noun, verb)


1. events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something

- they are trying to determine the cause of the crash

Definition categories: event, inception, origin, origination

2. a justification for something existing or happening

- he had no cause to complain

Similar word(s): grounds, reason

Definition categories: communication, justification

3. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

- they worked in the cause of world peace

Similar word(s): campaign, crusade, drive, effort, movement

Definition categories: act, venture

4. any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

Definition categories: general

5. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

Similar word(s): case, lawsuit, suit

Definition categories: act, proceeding, proceedings

Sentences with cause as a noun:

- Her wedding will be cause for celebration.

- They identified a burst pipe as the cause of the flooding.


1. give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

- cause a commotion

- cause an accident

Similar word(s): do, make

Definition categories: creation, create, make

2. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

Similar word(s): get, have, induce, make, stimulate

Definition categories: communication

Sentences with cause as a verb:

- The lightning caused thunder.

- His dogged determination caused the fundraising to be successful.