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because

Class:

conjunction

Etymology:

bi cause "by cause", modeled on French par cause. Originally a phrase, often...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

because | because of [sense-specific] | since [synonym, sense-specific]

[subordinating] on account of the fact that; on account of being; since | See "because of" (15 of 475 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

because | because of | 'cause [informal, abbreviation] | cos [British, informal, abbreviation] | 'cos [British, informal, abbreviation] | coz [British, informal, abbreviation] | ∵ [symbol] | since [synonym, sense-specific]

for the reason that; since | "because of" : on account of; by reason of 1 When because follows a negative construction the meaning can be ambiguous. ... (26 of 239 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

because

For the reason that; since. (5 of 229 words, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

because

used for showing the reason something happens or the reason why it's described in a particular way | [spoken] used for introducing facts that explain ... (24 of 174 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/because

Wikipedia:

Because [disambiguation]

may refer to: Because, a subordinating grammatical conjunction | Causality, the process of making something happen; a relationship between events | ∵, a mathematical symbol representing because | Because (film), a 1990 film written and directed by... (34 of 131 words, 10 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

because | being [because, dialect] | for [because] | seeing [because] | since [synonym, sense-specific] | that [synonym, sense-specific] | as [synonym, sense-specific] | as long as [synonym, sense-specific] | 'cause [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

for the reason that; "since" | the fact that; "that" (9 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/because

Wiktionary:

because | 'cause [sense-specific] | cos [sense-specific] | cuz [sense-specific] | coz [sense-specific] | 'cos [sense-specific] | 'cuz [sense-specific] | 'coz [sense-specific] | b/c [sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] For the reason (that). | On account (of), for sake (of). | Used alone to refuse to provide a full answer a question begun with "why", often taken as an ellipsis of "Because I said so". | By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the... (47 of 107 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

because

for the reason that (4 of 66 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/because

Random House Dictionary:

because | bec. [abbreviation] | because of [sense-specific]

for the reason that; due to the fact that. | "because of": by reason of; due to. (16 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/because

New World Dictionary:

because

for the reason or cause that; on account of the fact that; since | the reason that; that: used to introduce a noun clause (23 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/because

Encarta Dictionary:

because

for the reason that follows | on the basis of or taking into account what follows (15 of 286 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589580​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

because

First use: about 1300

Origin: bi cause "by cause", modeled on French par cause. Originally a phrase, often followed by a subordinate clause introduced by that ... (23 of 30 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=because

Oxford Dictionary:

because

Origin: Middle English: from the phrase by cause, influenced by Old French par cause de "by reason of"

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Wiktionary:

because

Origin: Middle English bi cause = bi ("by") + cause, modelled on Old French par cause

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Merriam-Webster:

because

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English because that, because, from by cause that

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/because

New World Dictionary:

because

Origin: Middle English bi cause from bi, "by" + "cause"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/because

Collins Dictionary:

because

First use: 14th century

Origin: bi cause, from biby + cause

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/because

American Heritage Dictionary:

because

Origin: Middle English; see "because of".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/because

Encarta Dictionary:

because

First use: 14th century

Origin: by cause "for the reason (that)", after Old French par chance

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589580​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

because

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "because"

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Collins Dictionary:

because

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "because"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/because

Macmillan American Dictionary:

because

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "because"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

because

Audio: British English pronunciation of "because"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

because

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "because"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "because"

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the Free Dictionary:

because

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "because"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "because"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "because" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

because

Audio: English pronunciation of "because"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

because

Audio: North American pronunciation of "because"

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because

Audio: North American pronunciation of "because"

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YourDictionary Audio:

because

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "because" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Because

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Because" by speech synthesizer

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