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English noun: cause

1. cause (event) events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something


SamplesThey are trying to determine the cause of the crash.


Broader (hypernym)inception, origin, origination


Narrower (hyponym)aetiology, antecedent, etiology, factor, mutagenesis, producer

2. cause (communication) a justification for something existing or happening


SamplesHe had no cause to complain.
They had good reason to rejoice.


Synonymsgrounds, reason


Broader (hypernym)justification

3. cause (act) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end


SamplesHe supported populist campaigns.
They worked in the cause of world peace.
The team was ready for a drive toward the pennant.
The movement to end slavery.
Contributed to the war effort.


Synonymscampaign, crusade, drive, effort, movement


Broader (hypernym)venture


Narrower (hyponym)ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign, anti-war movement, campaigning, candidacy, candidature, charm campaign, consumerism, electioneering, feminism, feminist movement, fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort, gay lib, gay liberation movement, lost cause, political campaign, reform, war, women's lib, women's liberation movement, youth crusade, youth movement

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


Synonymscausal agency, causal agent


Broader (hypernym)physical entity


Narrower (hyponym)agent, agent, catalyst, cause of death, danger, destiny, deus ex machina, engine, fate, first cause, force, individual, killer, life principle, manipulator, mortal, nature, occult, operator, person, power, prime mover, primum mobile, somebody, someone, soul, supernatural, theurgy, vital principle

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


SamplesThe family brought suit against the landlord.


Synonymscase, causa, lawsuit, suit


Broader (hypernym)legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings


Narrower (hyponym)bastardy proceeding, civil suit, class action, class-action suit, countersuit, criminal suit, moot, paternity suit


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law


English verb: cause

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


SamplesCause a commotion.
Make a stir.
Cause an accident.


Synonymsdo, make


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create, make


Narrower (hyponym)actuate, breed, call forth, determine, effect, effectuate, engender, evoke, facilitate, force, impel, incite, influence, initiate, kick up, make, mold, motivate, move, occasion, pioneer, prompt, propel, provoke, regulate, set up, shape, spawn

2. cause (communication) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner


SamplesThe ads induced me to buy a VCR.
My children finally got me to buy a computer.
My wife made me buy a new sofa.


ExamplesThey cause him to write the letter


Synonymsget, have, induce, make, stimulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)bring, compel, decide, encourage, inspire, instigate, lead, let, obligate, oblige, persuade, prompt, solicit, suborn









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