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Noun cause has 5 senses
- cause - events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
--1 is a kind of origin, origination, inception
--1 has particulars:
- cause, reason, grounds - a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
--2 is a kind of justification
- campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
--3 is a kind of venture
--3 has particulars:
| ||advertising campaign, ad campaign, ad blitz; anti-war movement; consumerism; campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign; ecumenical movement; fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort; feminist movement, feminism, women's liberation movement, women's lib; gay liberation movement, gay lib; lost cause; reform; war; youth movement, youth crusade|
- causal agent, cause, causal agency - any entity that causes events to happen
--4 is a kind of entity
--4 has particulars:
| ||person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul; agent; nature; supernatural, occult; first cause, prime mover, primum mobile; Destiny, Fate; catalyst; deus ex machina; operator, manipulator; power, force; vital principle, life principle; engine; cause of death, killer; danger; agent|
- lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causa - a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
--5 is a kind of proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
--5 has particulars:
Verb cause has 2 senses
- cause, do, make - give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
--1 is one way to make, create
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
- induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
They cause him to write the letter