: 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