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Dictionary definition for: Cause

1. (n) events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"

2. (v) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

3. (n) a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain" "they had good reason to rejoice"

4. (v) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR" "My children finally got me to buy a computer" "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

5. (n) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns" "they worked in the cause of world peace" "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant" "the movement to end slavery" "contributed to

6. (n) any entity that causes events to happen

7. (n) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"

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