Word of the day: cause
Definition: n. & v. a that which produces an effect, or gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. b a person or thing that occasions something. c a reason or motive; a ground that may be held to justify something (no cause for complaint).
Synonyms: reason, grounds
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L causa (more…)
from Oxford: cause
n. & v.
1 a that which produces an effect, or gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. b a person or thing that occasions something. c a reason or motive; a ground that may be held to justify something (no cause for complaint).
2 a reason adjudged adequate (show cause).
3 a principle, belief, or purpose which is advocated or supported (faithful to the cause).
4 a a matter to be settled at law. b an individual’s case offered at law (plead a cause).
5 the side taken by any party in a dispute.
1 be the cause of, produce, make happen (caused a commotion).
2 (foll. by to + infin.) induce (caused me to smile; caused it to be done).
Phrases and idioms: in the cause of to maintain, defend, or support (in the cause of justice). make common cause with join the side of.
Derivatives: causable adj. causeless adj. causer n.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L causa
from Wordnet: cause
n 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”; “they had good reason to rejoice” [syn: reason, grounds]
3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; “he 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” [syn: campaign, crusade, drive, movement, effort]
4: any entity that causes events to happen [syn: causal agent, causal agency]
5: (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; “the family brought suit against the landlord” [syn: lawsuit, suit, case, causa]
v 1: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; “cause a commotion”; “make a stir”; “cause an accident” [syn: do, make]
2: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner: “The ads induced me to buy a VCR”; “My children finally got me to buy a computer”; “My wife made me buy a new sofa” [syn: induce, stimulate, have, get, make]