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conjunction be·cause \bi-ˈkȯz, -ˈkəz, -ˈkȯs, bē-\

Definition of because

  1. 1 :  for the reason that :  since <rested because he was tired>

  2. 2 :  the fact that :  that <the reason I haven't been fired is because my boss hasn't got round to it yet — E. B. White>

Examples of because in a sentence

  1. I ran because I was afraid.

  2. Why did you do it? Because she told me to.

Origin and Etymology of because

Middle English because that, because, from by cause that


First Known Use: 14th century



BECAUSE Defined for English Language Learners

because

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conjunction be·cause \bi-ˈkȯz, -ˈkəz, -ˈkȯs, bē-\

Definition of because for English Language Learners

  • : for the reason that


BECAUSE Defined for Kids

because

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conjunction be·cause \bi-ˈkȯz, -ˈkəz\

Definition of because for Students

  1. :  for the reason that <I ran because I was scared.>

because of

  1. :  for the reason of <The game was canceled because of rain.>



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