for the reason that; due to the fact that:
The boy was absent because he was ill.
Informal. (used directly before a noun, adjective, verb, interjection, etc., to convey a very concise rationale, excuse, or explanation): We’re a little like monkeys because evolution. He doesn’t practice enough: because lazy.
I love doughnuts because yum!
because of, by reason of; due to:
Schools were closed because of heavy snowfall.
(subordinating) on account of the fact that; on account of being; since: because it’s so cold we’ll go home
(preposition) because of, on account of: I lost my job because of her
c.1300, bi cause “by cause,” modeled on French par cause. Originally a phrase, often followed by a subordinate clause introduced by that or why. One word from c.1400. As an adverb from late 14c. Clipped form cause attested in writing by mid-15c.
to befall. verb (intransitive) (archaic) to happen (to) v. 1520s, from be- + chance. Related: Bechanced; bechancing.
to charm; bewitch; captivate.
to clasp all around or on all sides.
to darken or obscure with clouds. to make confused: Angry words beclouded the issue. Historical Examples This decision made both Northern and Southern agents anxious and the latter took steps further to becloud the status of the Rams. Great Britain and the American Civil War Ephraim Douglass Adams These only becloud, they do not help […]