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conjunction because pronunciation in British English /bɪˈkɒz/
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 game was cancelled 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 phone you because I hadn't got 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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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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