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The causes, explanations, or justifications for an action or event
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“Driving under the influence of alcohol was the cause behind the collision.”
Elements or circumstances contributing to a result
Plural for something that is the source that produces a result
“Jerry and George inadvertently join a group of white supremacists in a limo, and unbeknownst to them, their presence will be the cause of a local protest.”
Plural for an agent or someone who has the power to control the outcome of something
“The Joker has been the cause of destruction in Gotham City for as long as Bruce can remember.”
Plural for the originator of something
“So if we extrapolate to the very beginning, the big bang is the cause for all the events which have happened in the universe so far.”
Plural for the point at which something originates
“If we want better outcomes from education for all students, we need to start at the cause.”
Plural for an undertaking in support of one's beliefs
“I would really love to contribute to a cause, but frankly, I find yours tedious, frivolous, and above all, a waste of time.”
Plural for a belief that one supports
“This has enhanced the heroic and staunch cause of a nation that cherishes independence and freedom.”
(law) Plural for a legal or court action
“He put forth his cause to convince the jury of his innocence.”
(results in) To have as a consequence
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“Bart wanted to cause great distress to Homer for neglecting to pick him up after soccer practice.”
To instigate an action or event
“I did not want to be the one to cause this great war, but it is a necessary evil that will bring about the end of his tyranny.”
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