cause

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noun
1 sb/sth that makes sth happen
ADJECTIVE
real, root, true, underlying

the root cause of the problem

deeper

A deeper cause for resentment is the discrepancy in pay.

biggest, chief, clear, fundamental, important, leading, main, major, number-one, primary, prime, principal, significant
common

Smoking is a common cause of premature death.

likely, possible, probable
known, unknown
direct, indirect
immediate, initial
contributory
hidden
VERB + CAUSE
determine, discover, find, identify, pinpoint, reveal

attempts to identify the immediate cause of the breakdown

examine, investigate, study
know, understand
address
CAUSE + VERB
be, lie in sth, remain

What are the causes of the crisis?

The real cause of the problem lies in the poor construction of the bridge.

PREPOSITION
cause of

the causes of blindness

PHRASES
cause and effect
the cause of death
due to natural causes, from natural causes, of natural causes

He died of natural causes.

the exact cause of sth, the precise cause of sth

The precise cause of the accident is not known.

have many causes, have several causes, have various causes
2 reason
ADJECTIVE
good, great, real, reasonable, sufficient
VERB + CAUSE
have

We have good cause to believe that he was involved in the crime.

find

The experts may find cause to disagree with the school's decision.

give (sb)

Her health is giving us great cause for concern.

show

The onus is on government departments to show cause why information cannot be disclosed.

PREPOSITION
cause for

There is no cause for alarm.

PHRASES
cause for concern, with good cause, without good cause, without just cause
3 aim that people believe in
ADJECTIVE
deserving, good, just, noble, righteous (esp. AmE), worthwhile, worthy

The money she left went to various worthy causes.

favourite/favorite, pet (AmE)
bad, unjust
common

The different groups support a common cause.

hopeless, lost (= one that has failed or that cannot succeed)
charitable, environmental, humanitarian, political, social
communist, conservative, liberal, socialist, etc.
VERB + CAUSE
advance, champion, embrace, fight for, further, help, promote, serve, support

young men willing to fight for the cause

She would do anything that would further the cause.

be committed to, be sympathetic to
join, take up

She has taken up the liberal cause.

plead

He pleaded the cause of the local fishermen.

PREPOSITION
for the cause of, in the cause of

They were not prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the country.

battles fought in the cause of decentralization

in a/the cause

prominent figures in the socialist cause

PHRASES
(all) for a good cause (esp. AmE), (all) in a good cause (esp. BrE)

The function took a lot of organizing, but was all for/in a good cause.

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verb
Cause is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑earthquake, ↑explosion, ↑factor, ↑flood, ↑fluctuation, ↑gene, ↑illness, ↑imbalance, ↑incident, ↑infection, ↑injury, ↑movement, ↑mutation, ↑parasite, ↑shortage, ↑stress, ↑virus
Cause is used with these nouns as the object: ↑abscess, ↑accident, ↑acne, ↑addiction, ↑agony, ↑ailment, ↑alarm, ↑allergy, ↑alteration, ↑amusement, ↑anarchy, ↑anger, ↑anguish, ↑annoyance, ↑antagonism, ↑anxiety, ↑apprehension, ↑argument, ↑attack, ↑backlash, ↑bankruptcy, ↑bitterness, ↑blast, ↑bleeding, ↑blockage, ↑bloodshed, ↑boom, ↑bother, ↑breach, ↑breakdown, ↑breakup, ↑build-up, ↑burn, ↑cancellation, ↑cancer, ↑casualty, ↑cataract, ↑catastrophe, ↑change, ↑chaos, ↑closure, ↑colic, ↑collapse, ↑collision, ↑comment, ↑commotion, ↑complication, ↑concern, ↑conflict, ↑confusion, ↑congestion, ↑consternation, ↑constipation, ↑contamination, ↑controversy, ↑convulsion, ↑corrosion, ↑crash, ↑crime, ↑crisis, ↑damage, ↑danger, ↑death, ↑decay, ↑decline, ↑decrease, ↑defect, ↑deficiency, ↑deformity, ↑dehydration, ↑delay, ↑demise, ↑depletion, ↑depression, ↑destruction, ↑deterioration, ↑devastation, ↑diarrhoea, ↑difficulty, ↑disability, ↑disagreement, ↑disappearance, ↑disaster, ↑discomfort, ↑discontent, ↑discord, ↑disease, ↑disillusionment, ↑dismay, ↑disorder, ↑dispute, ↑disruption, ↑dissatisfaction, ↑dissent, ↑distortion, ↑distraction, ↑distress, ↑disturbance, ↑division, ↑downfall, ↑drop, ↑drought, ↑earthquake, ↑embarrassment, ↑epidemic, ↑erosion, ↑error, ↑eruption, ↑excitement, ↑explosion, ↑extinction, ↑failure, ↑fall, ↑famine, ↑fatigue, ↑fear, ↑feeling, ↑fever, ↑fight, ↑fire, ↑fit, ↑flood, ↑fluctuation, ↑flutter, ↑frenzy, ↑friction, ↑frustration, ↑furore, ↑fury, ↑fuss, ↑grief, ↑hallucination, ↑handicap, ↑hardship, ↑harm, ↑havoc, ↑hazard, ↑headache, ↑hurt, ↑hysteria, ↑illness, ↑imbalance, ↑impotence, ↑incident, ↑inconvenience, ↑increase, ↑inefficiency, ↑inequality, ↑infection, ↑infertility, ↑inflammation, ↑inflation, ↑injury, ↑injustice, ↑instability, ↑irritation, ↑jealousy, ↑landslide, ↑leak, ↑leukaemia, ↑loss, ↑mess, ↑migraine, ↑miscarriage, ↑mischief, ↑misery, ↑mishap, ↑misunderstanding, ↑mortality, ↑mutation, ↑nausea, ↑obstruction, ↑offence, ↑outage, ↑outbreak, ↑outcry, ↑outrage, ↑pain, ↑panic, ↑paralysis, ↑pneumonia, ↑poisoning, ↑pollution, ↑problem, ↑rash, ↑reaction, ↑recession, ↑reduction, ↑relapse, ↑relaxation, ↑resentment, ↑revolt, ↑revulsion, ↑rift, ↑riot, ↑ripple, ↑row, ↑scandal, ↑scare, ↑scene, ↑sensation, ↑shame, ↑shift, ↑shortage, ↑sickness, ↑side effect, ↑smash, ↑sore, ↑sorrow, ↑spasm, ↑speculation, ↑split, ↑stagnation, ↑stink, ↑stir, ↑stoppage, ↑storm, ↑strain, ↑stress, ↑strife, ↑suffering, ↑surprise, ↑suspicion, ↑swelling, ↑symptom, ↑syndrome, ↑tension, ↑tornado, ↑traffic jam, ↑tragedy, ↑transformation, ↑tremor, ↑trouble, ↑turmoil, ↑uncertainty, ↑unease, ↑unemployment, ↑unhappiness, ↑unrest, ↑upheaval, ↑uproar, ↑upset, ↑vandalism, ↑vibration, ↑waste, ↑wave, ↑weakness, ↑wear, ↑worry, ↑wreck

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