:a reason for an action or condition :motive
:something that brings about an effect or a result
- trying to find the cause of the accident
:a person or thing that is the occasion of an action or state ;
:an agent that brings something about
- She is the cause of your troubles.
:a ground of legal action
- They are paid by the cause for their expert opinions.
:a matter or question to be decided
- The city council is involved with school department causes.
:a principle or movement militantly defended or supported
:a charitable undertaking