1. The source of, or reason for, an event or action; that which produces or effects a result.
    Her wedding will be cause for celebration.
    They identified a burst pipe as the cause of the flooding.
  2. A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.
  3. Sake; interest; advantage.
  4. Any subject of discussion or debate; a matter; an affair.
  5. A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action.


  1. To set off an event or action.
  2. To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority.
  3. To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.

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