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cause (create)

Definition:

to give rise to; to cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Related to:

causation | causative

Past tense:

caused

Present participle:

causing

3rd-person singular present:

causes

Type of:

make

Causes:

happen

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • cause an accident
  • cause a commotion

Synonyms:

do | effect | effectuate | make | set up

Etymology:

Middle English cause, from Old French cause ("a cause, a thing"), from Latin...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of cause...

Definition references  (+images)

Merriam-Webster:

effect [entry 1, noun] | in effect | to the effect | effects [plural] | effectuate [sense-specific] | effectuated [sense-specific, past tense] | effectuating [sense-specific, present participle] | beget [sense-specific] | breed [sense-specific] | ...

"purport", "intent" ; basic meaning; "essence" | something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent) | an outward sign; "appearance" ... (21 of 512 words, 10 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Collins Dictionary:

effectuate [transitive] | effect [synonym] | accomplish [synonym] | effectuation [noun, derived]

to cause to happen; effect; accomplish (6 of 283 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

effectuate [transitive, formal] | effectuation [derived] | effectuator [derived]

put into force or operation (5 of 62 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/effectuate

effectuate | effectuation [derived]

Syllabification: (ef·fec·tu·ate) | [transitive, formal] | put into force or operation (9 of 62 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/effectuate

New World Dictionary:

effectuate | effectuated [past tense] | effectuating [present participle] | effectuation [noun, related]

to bring about; cause to happen; effect (7 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/effectuate

American Heritage Dictionary:

effectuate | effectuated [past tense] | effectuating [present participle] | effectuates [3rd-person singular present] | effectuation [noun, related]

To bring about; effect. (4 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/effectuate

Wiktionary:

effectuate | effectuated [past tense] | effectuating [present participle] | effectuates [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To be the cause of something. | [transitive] To bring about something; to effect or execute something. (17 of 18 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/effectuate

Random House Dictionary:

effectuate | effectuated [past tense] | effectuating [present participle]

to bring about; effect. (4 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/effectuate

Wikipedia:

Causality | causation

the relation between an event and a second event, where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first. In common usage, causality is also the relation between a set of factors and a phenomenon. Anything that affects an effect is a factor... (45 of 8953 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Causality

Cause (disambiguation)

the relationship between one event and another. It may also refer to: An ethical ideal (principle or value) or belief in something to donate or share one's time, money, or energy towards | Causes (company), an online company | Just cause | Probable... (40 of 109 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Cause (disambiguation)

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cause | causes [plural] | cause and effect | have good cause to do something | make common cause with someone

[countable] an event, thing, or person that makes something happen | [countable/uncountable] a reason for behaving in a particular way or for feeling ... (22 of 298 words, 7 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

cause [transitive, verb] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | causes [3rd-person singular present]

to make something happen, usually something bad ; used about something that makes an illness start ; used about someone who has done something wrong (25 of 156 words, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cause 20

Cambridge Dictionary:

cause [entry 1]

the reason why something, especially something bad, happens | a reason to feel something or to behave in a particular way (20 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 1

cause [entry 2]

a socially valuable principle which is strongly supported by some people (11 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 2

cause [entry 3]

to make something happen, especially something bad (7 of 47 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 3

cause [entry 4, informal]

because (1 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 4

Britannica Encyclopedia:

causation [philosophy]

Relation that holds between two temporally simultaneous or successive events when the first event brings about the other. According to David Hume, ... (22 of 178 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/100434​/causation

Encarta Dictionary:

effectuate [formal] | effectuated [past tense] | effectuating [present participle] | effectuates [3rd-person singular present]

to do, cause, or accomplish something (6 of 56 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607591​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

cause | causes [plural] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle]

Origin: 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... (33 of 53 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cause

Online Etymology:

cause

First use: early 13th century

Origin: Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit", of unknown origin. The verb is late 14th century, from French ... (24 of 43 etymology words)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

cause

Origin: Middle English: from Old French, from Latin causa (noun), causare (verb) | sense-specific: from the title of a United States film, released in 1955

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cause

New World Dictionary:

cause | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Old French from Latin causa, a cause, reason, judicial process, lawsuit: influenced (in "cause"senses &) by "case"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cause

American Heritage Dictionary:

cause | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | causes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin causa, reason, purpose.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cause

Collins Dictionary:

cause

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin causa cause, reason, motive

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

Merriam-Webster:

cause [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin causa

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

Encarta Dictionary:

cause | causes [plural] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French from Latin causa "reason, motive"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595576​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

cause | causes [plural] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cause"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cause

Collins Dictionary:

cause

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cause"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cause | causes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cause"

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

cause [transitive, verb] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | causes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cause"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cause 20

Macmillan American Dictionary:

cause [noun] | causes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cause"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/cause

cause [transitive, verb] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | causes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cause"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/cause 21

Cambridge Dictionary:

cause [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "cause"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "cause"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 1

the Free Dictionary:

cause

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "cause"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "cause"

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

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/cause

Google Dictionary:

cause | causes [plural] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "cause"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=cause

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

cause

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cause"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=cause​001 word=cause

YourDictionary Audio:

cause

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cause

freedictionary.org:

Cause

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

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=cause

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