1. [ verb ] give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
Synonyms: make do

"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
Synonyms: grounds reason

"he had no cause to complain" "they had good reason to rejoice"

Related terms: justification
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
Synonyms: causal_agency causal_agent
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
Similar spelling:   cayuse