An example of cause is a washing machine making clothes clean.
An example of cause is putting one foot in front of the other moves a person forward.
Cause for complaint.
Drinking was the cause of his downfall.
The doctor's report gave no cause for alarm.
The lightning caused thunder.
The moderator invoked a rule causing the debate to be ended.
- To work together with toward the same objective; join forces with.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cause
- Middle English from Old French from Latin causa reason, purpose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English cause, from Old French cause (“a cause, a thing”), from Latin causa (“reason, sake, cause”), in Medieval Latin also "a thing". Origin uncertain. See accuse, excuse. Displaced native Middle English sake (“cause, reason”) (from Old English sacu (“cause”)), Middle English andweorc, andwork (“matter, cause”) (from Old English andweorc (“matter, thing, cause”)).