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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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