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conjunction American English pronunciation: because /bɪˈkɔz/ American English pronunciation: because /bɪkəz/
Because can be used in the following ways:
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): We went by bus because it was cheaper.
in the preposition phrase because of (followed by a noun): The first game of the season was canceled because of the snow.
 

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  1. 1
    used for showing the reason something happens or the reason why it is described in a particular way

    I couldn't call you because I didn't have your number.

    It's a really useful book, because it explains everything very clearly.

    The hotel's difficult to find because the road isn't signposted.

    "Why all this fuss about security?" "Because it's important."

    He's always criticizing me – maybe it's because I'm a woman.

    because of:

    Stacey retired in 1987, partly because of ill health.

    Because of the Asian crisis, the company's profits fell by 15% during 1997.

  2. 2
    mainly spoken used for introducing facts that explain why you believe that something is true

    George was obviously in a bad mood, because he didn't even say good morning.

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