A basis for an action or response; a reason: The doctor's report gave no cause for alarm.
A goal or principle served with dedication and zeal: "the cause of freedom versus tyranny” ( Hannah Arendt).
The interests of a person or group engaged in a struggle: "The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind” ( Thomas Paine).
Law A ground for legal action.
Law A lawsuit.
A subject under debate or discussion.
To be the cause of or reason for; result in.
To bring about or compel by authority or force: The moderator invoked a rule causing the debate to be ended.