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Noun cause has 5 senses
  1. 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:
     antecedent; etiology, aetiology; factor; producer; mutagenesis
    Derived forms: verb cause1, verb cause2
  2. 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
    Derived forms: verb cause1, verb cause2
  3. 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
  4. 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
    Derived forms: verb cause1, verb cause2
  5. 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:
     civil suit; class action, class-action suit; countersuit; criminal suit; moot; paternity suit, bastardy proceeding
Verb cause has 2 senses
  1. 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
    Derived forms: noun causation1, noun cause1, noun cause2, noun cause4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. 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"
    Derived forms: noun causation1, noun cause1, noun cause2, noun cause4
    Sample sentence:
    They cause him to write the letter
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