cause noun (REASON)
He's never given me any cause for concern.
- One common cause of homelessness is separation or divorce.
- They are demanding an inquiry into the cause of the accident.
- I don't really think he had any cause to complain.
- Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay.
- Forensic scientists are examining the wreckage for clues about the cause of the explosion.
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cause noun (PRINCIPLE)
I'll sponsor you for £10 - it's all in a good cause.
- Her study has considerably advanced the cause of equal rights.
- Environment protesters have made common cause with local people to stop the motorway being built.
- He has always shown great dedication to the cause.
- Vegetarianism is one cause she does not espouse.
- He has probably done more to further the cause of interracial harmony than any other person.
causeverb [ T ]uk /kɔːz/ us /kɑːz/
- Sitting hunched over a computer all day can cause problems.
- Some types of paint on toys can cause lead-poisoning in children.
- The bomb was designed to cause the maximum amount of damage.
- He's always trying to cause trouble between us.
- Smoking can cause respiratory diseases.