|1.||[ verb ] give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally|
"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"
|Related terms:||make determine effect impel make motivate engender initiate occasion provoke facilitate causal_agent causing|
|2.||[ verb ] cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner|
|Synonyms:||make have get induce stimulate|
: "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"
|Related terms:||compel lead let persuade prompt decide encourage suborn bring solicit stimulation stimulation causing persuader inducement trigger|
|3.||[ noun ] events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something|
"they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
|Related terms:||origin factor producer antecedent mutagenesis etiology|
|4.||[ noun ] a justification for something existing or happening|
"he had no cause to complain" "they had good reason to rejoice"
|5.||[ noun ] a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end|
|Synonyms:||campaign movement drive crusade effort|
"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"
|Related terms:||venture campaigning advertising_campaign war reform fund-raising_campaign gay_liberation_movement anti-war_movement consumerism ecumenical_movement feminist_movement lost_cause youth_movement force repel drive crusade|
|6.||[ noun ] any entity that causes events to happen|
|Related terms:||entity person power agent nature operator danger agent Destiny engine supernatural vital_principle spiritual_being cause_of_death deus_ex_machina catalyst first_cause|
|7.||[ noun ] (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy|
|Synonyms:||case suit causa lawsuit|
"the family brought suit against the landlord"
|Related terms:||proceeding civil_suit criminal_suit bastardy_proceeding countersuit moot class-action_suit law|