part of speech: noun

definition 1: something or someone that brings about a result or effect.

  • Smoking is one cause of lung cancer.
  • A cigarette was the cause of the fire.

synonyms: agent, influence, source

antonyms: effect

definition 2: good reason or enough of a reason.

  • There is no cause for worry.
  • He slapped me without cause.

synonyms: excuse, reason

definition 3: an idea or goal that many are interested in.

  • They are working for the cause of world peace.


part of speech: verb

inflections: causes, causing, caused

definition: to make happen; be the cause of.

  • The rain caused flooding.

derivation: causeless (adj.)