Because meaning

bĭ-kôz', -kŭz'
For the reason or cause that; on account of the fact that; since.
conjunction
14
4
On account (of), for sake (of).

I ruined my life because of you!

adverb
12
1
For the reason that; since.
conjunction
11
3
Because is defined as since or for the reason.

If you are late as a result of traffic, this is an example of when you are late because of traffic.

conjunction
9
3
(archaic) For the reason (that).
adverb
7
0
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The reason that; that.
conjunction
4
1
Used alone to refuse to provide a full answer a question begun with "why", often taken as an ellipsis of "Because I said so".
adverb
3
0
By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.

I hid myself because I was afraid.

conjunction
3
0
As is known, inferred, or determined from the fact that.

It must be broken, because I pressed the button and nothing happened.

He's not a nice guy, because he yells at people for no reason.

conjunction
3
0
because of
  • By reason of; on account of.
idiom
1
0
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of because

  • Middle English short for bi cause of because of
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English bi cause = bi (“by”) + cause, modelled on Old French par cause
    From Wiktionary