cause - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlecausing
past tensecaused
past participlecaused
  1. to make something happen, usually something bad

    a politician who causes controversy wherever he goes

    The fire was caused by an electrical fault.

    cause damage/problems/trouble:

    The storm caused widespread damage.

    cause someone/something to do something:

    An injury to the goalkeeper caused him to limp off after ten minutes.

    cause someone something:

    He apologizes for causing you any embarrassment.

    1. a.
      used about something that makes an illness start

      The drug has been found to cause epileptic fits in laboratory mice.

    2. b.
      used about someone who has done something wrong