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noun     cause pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] an event, thing, or person that makes something happen

    The major cause of these accidents is drivers going too fast.

    an essay on the causes of the First World War

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  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] an aim, 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.

  4. 4
    [countable] legal a case in a law court
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