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noun uk   /kɔːz/  us   /kɑːz/

cause noun (REASON)

B2 [C or U] the reason why something, especially something bad, happens: The police are still trying to establish the cause of the fire. She had died of natural causes. I wouldn't tell you without (good) cause (= if there was not a (good) reason). I believe we have/there is just cause (= a fair reason) for taking this action.C2 [U] a reason to feel something or to behave in a particular way: He's never given me any cause for concern.
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cause noun (PRINCIPLE)

C1 [C] a socially valuable principle that is strongly supported by some people: They are fighting for a cause - the liberation of their people. I'll sponsor you for £10 - it's all in a good cause.
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cause

verb [T] uk   /kɔːz/  us   /kɑːz/
B2 to make something happen, especially something bad: The difficult driving conditions caused several accidents. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The bright light caused her to blink. Most heart attacks are caused by blood clots. [+ two objects] I hope the children haven't caused you too much trouble.
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