a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect:
You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident?
the reason or motive for some human action:
The good news was a cause for rejoicing.
good or sufficient reason:
to complain without cause; to be dismissed for cause.
a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
a case for judicial decision.
any subject of discussion or debate.
a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated:
the Socialist cause; the human rights cause.
the welfare of a person or group, seen as a subject of concern:
support for the cause of the American Indian.
the end or purpose for which a thing is done or produced.
Aristotelianism. any of the four things necessary for the movement or the coming into being of a thing, namely a material (material cause) something to act upon it (efficient cause) a form taken by the movement or development (formal cause) and a goal or purpose (final cause)
verb (used with object), caused, causing.
to be the cause of; bring about.
make common cause, to unite in a joint effort; work together for the same end:
They made common cause with neighboring countries and succeeded in reducing tariffs.
a person, thing, event, state, or action that produces an effect
grounds for action; motive; justification: she had good cause to shout like that
the ideals, etc, of a group or movement: the Communist cause
the welfare or interests of a person or group in a dispute: they fought for the miners’ cause
a matter of widespread concern or importance: the cause of public health
a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
the lawsuit itself
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) any of four requirements for a thing’s coming to be, namely material (material cause), its nature (formal cause), an agent (efficient cause), and a purpose (final cause)
make common cause with, to join with (a person, group, etc) for a common objective
(transitive) to be the cause of; bring about; precipitate; be the reason for
noun 1. the act or practice of censoring. 2. the office or power of a censor. 3. the time during which a censor holds office. 4. the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor. self-censorship noun 1. the regulation of a group’s actions and statements by its own members rather than an external agency […]
[self-sen-terd] /ˈsɛlfˈsɛn tərd/ adjective 1. concerned solely or chiefly with one’s own interests, welfare, etc.; engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical. 2. independent, self-sufficient. 3. centered in oneself or itself. 4. Archaic. fixed; unchanging.
[self-sen-terd] /ˈsɛlfˈsɛn tərd/ adjective 1. concerned solely or chiefly with one’s own interests, welfare, etc.; engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical. 2. independent, self-sufficient. 3. centered in oneself or itself. 4. Archaic. fixed; unchanging. self-centred adjective 1. totally preoccupied with one’s own concerns
noun 1. (in Britain) a formal assertion by a worker to his employer that absence from work for up to seven days was due to sickness. From 1982 this replaced a doctor’s certificate for the purposes of paying sickness benefit See also sick note