cause meaning

[ kɔ:z ] Pronunciation:   "cause" in a sentence
Verb: cause  koz
  1. Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
    "cause a commotion"; "cause an accident"
    - do, make 
  2. Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    - induce, stimulate, have, get, make
Noun: cause  koz
  1. Events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
    "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash" 
  2. A justification for something existing or happening
    "he had no cause to complain"
    - reason, grounds 
  3. A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    "they worked in the cause of world peace"
    - campaign, crusade, drive, movement, effort 
  4. Any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
    - causal agent, causal agency 
  5. A comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
    - lawsuit, suit, case, causa

Sounds like: caws, cores, cors

Derived forms: causing, causes, caused

See also: causal, causation, causative

Type of: create, inception, justification, legal proceeding, make, origin, origination, physical entity, proceeding, proceedings, venture

Encyclopedia: Cause

n. 1. A court action.

<programming> A testing technique that aids in selecting, in a systematic way, a high-yield set of test cases that logically relates causes to effects to produce test cases. It has a beneficial side effect in pointing out incompleteness and ambiguities in specifications.


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  1. the actual cause awaits further investigation.
  2. the brakes locked, causing the car to skid.
  3. the strike has caused a lot of misery.
  4. cavities in teeth are caused by decay.
  5. the violent storms caused several power cuts

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