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1cause/ˈkɑːz/noun
pluralcauses
1cause
/ˈkɑːz/
noun
pluralcauses
Learner's definition of CAUSE  
[count]  : something or someone that produces an effect, result, or condition : something or someone that makes something happen or exist — often + of
: a reason for doing or feeling something
[noncount]
— often + for
[singular]
— see also probable cause
[count]  : something (such as an organization, belief, idea, or goal) that a group or people support or fight for

lost cause

: a person or thing that is certain to fail

make/find common cause

formal
: to join together with someone in order to achieve a shared goal
2cause/ˈkɑːz/verb
causescausedcausing
2cause
/ˈkɑːz/
verb
causescausedcausing
Learner's definition of CAUSE  
[+ object]
: to make (something) happen or exist : to be the cause of (something)
: to make (someone) feel, have, or do something — often followed by to + verb
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