Meaning of “because” in the English Dictionary

"because" in British English

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becauseconjunction

uk /bɪˈkəz/ /bɪˈkɒz/ us /bɪˈkɑːz/

A1 for the reason that:

"Why did you do it?" "Because Carlos told me to".
We can't go to Julia's party because we're going away that weekend.
Just because I'm lending you my dress for tonight doesn't mean you can borrow it whenever you want to.
informal Where've you been, because (= the reason I am asking is that) we haven't seen you recently?

More examples

  • He hated being in the army because he had to obey commands.
  • The journey was quite quick because the road was clear.
  • I didn't tell her that he was late because I didn't want to cause her any alarm.
  • Patients were discharged from hospital because the beds were needed by other people.
  • I almost missed my flight because there was a long queue in the duty-free shop.

(Definition of “because” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"because" in American English

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becauseconjunction

us /bɪˈkɔz/

for the reason that:

"Why did you throw it?" "Because Carlos told me to."
We can’t go to Julia’s party because we’re going away that weekend.
because of
preposition

as a result of:

The trip was canceled because of bad weather.

(Definition of “because” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)