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causenoun

 us   /kɔz/
  • cause noun (REASON)

[C/U] something without which something ​else would not ​happen: [C] The ​investigation will ​determine the cause of the ​airplaneaccident. [C] She ​studied the causes of ​humanbehavior. [C/U] Cause is also ​reason for doing or ​feeling something: [U] He had just cause to ​feeldisturbed by these ​events. [U] There is no cause for ​alarm.
  • cause noun (PRINCIPLE)

[C] an ​idea or ​principlestronglysupported by some ​people: He ​devoted himself to ​charitable causes and gave away millions of ​dollars.
cause
verb [T]  us   /kɔz/
The ​wind and ​rain caused several ​accidents.
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"cause" in British English

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causenoun

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 ​fairreason) 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 forconcern.

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  • cause noun (PRINCIPLE)

C1 [C] a ​sociallyvaluableprinciple that is ​stronglysupported by some ​people: They are ​fighting for a cause - the ​liberation of ​theirpeople. I'll ​sponsor you for £10 - it's all in a good cause.

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causeverb [T]

uk   /kɔːz/  us   /kɑːz/
B2 to make something ​happen, ​especially something ​bad: The ​difficultdrivingconditions caused several ​accidents. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The ​brightlight caused her toblink. Most ​heartattacks are caused bybloodclots. [+ two objects] I ​hope the ​children haven't caused you too much ​trouble.

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causeconjunction

(also 'cause) uk   /kɒz/  us   /kɑːz/ informal
because: I'll ​host the ​party cause I've got plenty of ​room at my ​house. I ​try to ​practise my ​French every ​day, cause I'm not very good at it.
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(Definition of cause from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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