Definition of cause verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

cause

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kɔːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔːz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cause
BrE BrE//kɔːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔːz//
 
he / she / it causes
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːzɪz//
 
past simple caused
BrE BrE//kɔːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔːzd//
 
past participle caused
BrE BrE//kɔːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔːzd//
 
-ing form causing
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːzɪŋ//
 
 
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 to make something happen, especially something bad or unpleasant cause something Do they know what caused the fire? Are you causing trouble again? Doctors say her condition is causing some concern. deaths caused by dangerous driving cause something for somebody The bad weather is causing problems for many farmers. cause somebody something The project is still causing him a lot of problems. cause something to do something The poor harvest caused prices to rise sharply. Language BankcauseX causes Y Childhood obesity can cause/lead to long-term health problems. Changes in lifestyle and diet over the last twenty years have caused/led to/resulted in a sharp increase in childhood obesity. Several factors, including changes in diet and lifestyle, have contributed to the increase in childhood obesity. Research suggests that fast food and soft drinks directly contribute to childhood obesity. Genetics, lifestyle and diet are all important factors in cases of childhood obesity. Even small changes in lifestyle and diet can bring about significant weight loss. language bank at because of, consequently, therefore Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin causa (noun), causare (verb).Extra examples A serious road accident caused traffic chaos yesterday. Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth, causing decay. Heavy rainfall in the mountains caused the floods. The bombing caused an international outcry. The earthquake caused widespread damage to property. The loss of a pet can cause some people real anguish. The president’s remarks caused surprise and embarrassment. The revelations caused some discomfort to the president. Will it cause any difficulties if I go early?
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