Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

cause

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun cause pronunciation in American English /kɔz/
Word Forms
Close
singularcause
pluralcauses
  1. 1
    [countable] an event, thing, or person that makes something happen
    cause of:

    The pathologist’s report established the cause of death as extensive chest injuries.

    The major cause of these accidents is speeding by drivers.

    underlying/root cause (=the basic cause, but not an obvious one):

    Doctors are now recognizing stress as the underlying cause of many illnesses.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a reason for behaving in a particular way or for feeling a particular emotion
    cause for:

    His departure was cause for celebration in the village.

    no cause for concern/alarm:

    The doctor’s report on the biopsy states that there is no cause for concern.

    without good cause:

    He wouldn’t have done it without good cause (=a good reason).

  3. 3
    [countable] a goal, idea, or organization that you support or work for, for example in politics

    Campaigners hope that people will be sympathetic to their cause.

    champion a cause:

    He has championed (=strongly supported) the cause of renewable energy since the mid-1970s.

    1. a.
      an organization, plan, or activity that you are willing to support because it provides help or benefit to people who need it
      a good/worthy cause:

      Please give as much as you can: it’s for a very worthy cause.

      all in a good cause:

      It may be hard work but it’s all in a good cause.

phrases

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

ruck

a fight

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog