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verb [transitive] cause pronunciation in British English /kɔːz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecausing
past tensecaused
past participlecaused
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  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.
    Greenhouse gases are widely believed to be causing the Earth’s atmosphere to heat up.
    cause someone something: He apologizes for causing you any embarrassment.
    1. a.
      used about something that makes an illness start
      Indigestion is caused by excess acid in the stomach.
      The drug has been found to cause epileptic fits in laboratory mice.
    2. b.
      used about someone who has done something wrong
      He was arrested for causing a disturbance.
      She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.


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