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[n] any entity that causes events to happen
[n] 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"
[n] (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"
[n] a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
[n] events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
[v] 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"
[v] give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"

Misc. Definitions

\Cause\ (k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf. {Cause}, v., {Kickshaw}.]
1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist. Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to make one thing begin to be. --Locke.
2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.] I did it not for his cause. --2 Cor. vii. 1
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4. (Law) A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action.
5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general. What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak.
6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain. God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak. The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause. --Burke. {Efficient cause}, the agent or force that produces a change or result. {Final cause}, the end, design, or object, for which anything is done. {Formal cause}, the elements of a conception which make the conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the idea viewed as a formative principle and co["o]perating with the matter. {Material cause}, that of which anything is made. {Proximate cause}. See under {Proximate}. {To make common cause with}, to join with in purposes and aims. --Macaulay. Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement; inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.
\Cause\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caused}; p. pr. & v. n. {Causing}.] [F. causer, fr. cause, fr. L. causa. See {Cause}, n., and cf. {Acouse}.] To effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; -- usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb. I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days. --Gen. vii.
4. Cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans. --Col. iv. 1
6. Syn: To create; produce; beget; effect; occasion; originate; induce; bring about.
\Cause\, v. i. To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
\Cause\, conj. Abbreviation of {Because}. --B. Jonson.

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