A cause makes an effect, and you're likely to hear the phrase "cause and effect" when people are trying to analyze how things happen.

Cause can also mean something worth fighting for — like social justice or animal rights. You might raise money for a good cause, like ending poverty. Once the doctor determines the cause of your illness, she might make it her personal cause to discover a cure. The verb cause is all about the action of producing an effect, like when you slice onions and it causes your eyes to water.

Definitions of cause
  1. noun
    events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
    “they are trying to determine the cause of the crash”
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    a preceding occurrence or cause or event
    aetiology, etiology
    the cause of a disease
    anything that contributes causally to a result
    something that produces
    an event capable of causing a mutation
    any factor that could be considered important to the understanding of a particular business
    any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance
    unknown quantity
    a factor in a given situation whose bearing and importance is not apparent
    wild card
    an unpredictable factor
    insertional mutagenesis
    (genetics) a mutation caused by the insertion of exogenous DNA into a genome
    RF, releasing factor, releasing hormone
    a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
    intrinsic factor
    a substance produced by the mucosa of the stomach and intestines that is essential for the absorption of vitamin B12
    type of:
    inception, origin, origination
    an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
  2. noun
    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    “they worked in the cause of world peace”
    synonyms: campaign, crusade, drive, effort, movement
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    ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign
    an organized program of advertisements
    anti-war movement
    a campaign against entering or continuing a war
    charm campaign
    a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
    a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
    campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign
    the campaign of a candidate to be elected
    fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort
    a campaign to raise money for some cause
    feminism, feminist movement, women's lib, women's liberation movement
    the movement aimed at equal rights for women
    gay lib, gay liberation movement
    the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
    lost cause
    a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
    a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
    a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
    youth crusade, youth movement
    political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people
    front-porch campaign, front-porch campaigning
    a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel
    the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
    whispering campaign
    the organized dissemination of derogatory rumors designed to discredit a candidate
    campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
    sales campaign
    an advertising campaign intended to promote sales
    public-relations campaign
    an advertising campaign intended to improve public relations
    type of:
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
  3. noun
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
    synonyms: causal agency, causal agent
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
    an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect
    a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe
    occult, supernatural
    supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
    the effect of supernatural or divine intervention in human affairs
    first cause, prime mover, primum mobile
    an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause
    destiny, fate
    the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)
    something that causes an important event to happen
    deus ex machina
    any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty
    manipulator, operator
    an agent that operates some apparatus or machine
    force, power
    one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
    life principle, vital principle
    a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed
    something used to achieve a purpose
    cause of death, killer
    the causal agent resulting in death
    a cause of pain or injury or loss
    a substance that exerts some force or effect
    any agent that reduces intestinal gas
    antifungal, antifungal agent, antimycotic, antimycotic agent, fungicide
    any agent that destroys or prevents the growth of fungi
    antimicrobial, antimicrobic, disinfectant, germicide
    an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
    a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
    pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor
    any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
    an agent that kills worms (especially those in the intestines)
    biohazard, biological agent
    any bacterium or virus or toxin that could be used in biological warfare
    an agent that eliminates something
    an agent that impairs
    infectious agent, infective agent
    an agent capable of producing infection
    lethal agent
    an agent capable of causing death
    a nonspecific agent that imparts motion
    any agent (physical or environmental) that can induce a genetic mutation or can increase the rate of mutation
    enlivener, invigorator, quickener
    an agent that gives or restores life or vigor
    any agent that produces relaxation
    represser, repressor
    an agent that represses
    retardant, retardation, retardent
    any agent that retards or delays or hinders
    any agent capable of producing satisfaction
    any agent that shortens
    any agent that causes stress to an organism
    any agent that interferes with normal embryonic development: alcohol or thalidomide or X-rays or rubella are examples
    transmitter, vector
    any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease
    that which weakens or causes a loss of strength
    a person considered as a unique individual
    adult, grownup
    a fully developed person from maturity onward
    adventurer, venturer
    a person who enjoys taking risks
    anomaly, unusual person
    a person who is unusual
    applicant, applier
    a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
    appointee, appointment
    a person who is appointed to a job or position
    a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)
    captor, capturer
    a person who captures and holds people or animals
    changer, modifier
    a person who changes something
    color-blind person
    a person unable to distinguish differences in hue
    common man, common person, commoner
    a person who holds no title
    a person who communicates with others
    a person who participates in competitions
    a person who shows fear or timidity
    a person who grows or makes or invents things
    controversialist, disputant, eristic
    a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
    applied scientist, engineer, technologist
    a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
    a person who tries to please or amuse
    a person who enjoys testing innovative ideas
    expert, pundit
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
    a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
    female, female person
    a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
    a person who pursues independent thought or action
    denizen, dweller, habitant, indweller, inhabitant
    a person who inhabits a particular place
    aboriginal, aborigine, indigen, indigene, native
    an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
    a person born in a particular place or country
    inexperienced person, innocent
    a person who lacks knowledge of evil
    intellect, intellectual
    a person who uses the mind creatively
    juvenile, juvenile person
    a young person, not fully developed
    a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
    loved one
    a person who you love, usually a member of your family
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
    male, male person
    a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
    money dealer, money handler
    a person who receives or invests or pays out money
    national, subject
    a person who owes allegiance to that nation
    nonreligious person
    a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity
    a person who does nothing
    compeer, equal, match, peer
    a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
    beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient
    a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
    a person situated on a perch
    forerunner, precursor
    a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
    primitive, primitive person
    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
    a person who enjoys sensuality
    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
    unfortunate, unfortunate person
    a person who suffers misfortune
    persona non grata, unwelcome person
    a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
    unskilled person
    a person who lacks technical training
    a person who works at a specific occupation
    a native or inhabitant of Africa
    person of color, person of colour
    (formal) any non-European non-white person
    Black, Black person, Negro, Negroid, blackamoor
    a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
    Caucasian, White, White person
    a member of the Caucasoid race
    Amerindian, Native American
    any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
    any member of the people of eastern Europe or Asian Russia who speak a Slavonic language
    a person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
    Hebrew, Israelite, Jew
    a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties
    Aries, Ram
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
    Bull, Taurus
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
    Gemini, Twin
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Gemini
    Cancer, Crab
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
    Leo, Lion
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo
    Virgin, Virgo
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Virgo
    Balance, Libra
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
    Scorpio, Scorpion
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Scorpio
    Archer, Sagittarius
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Sagittarius
    Capricorn, Goat
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn
    Aquarius, Water Bearer
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aquarius
    Fish, Pisces
    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces
    a person who abates a nuisance
    a person who abjures
    a person who is loathsome or disgusting
    abstainer, abstinent, nondrinker
    a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages
    achiever, succeeder, success, winner
    a person with a record of successes
    acquaintance, friend
    a person with whom you are acquainted
    a person who acquires something (usually permanently)
    a person who is a participating member of an organization
    actor, doer, worker
    a person who acts and gets things done
    a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes
    a person who admires; someone who esteems or respects or approves
    someone (such as a child) who has been adopted
    adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister
    someone who offers opposition
    someone who receives advice
    advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
    a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea
    a person who makes an affidavit
    agnostic, doubter
    someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
    someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
    a person who lived in ancient times
    a person who is opposed (to an action or policy or practice etc.)
    a person who is opposed to the United States and its policies
    a person who seizes or arrests (especially a person who seizes or arrests in the name of justice)
    a person who is fully aware of something and understands it
    a person who archaizes
    a person who through conceit makes pretentious claims to rights or advantages that he or she is not entitled to or to qualities that he or she does not possess
    a person (or property) that is assessed
    a person suffering from asthma
    (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
    a person who has taught himself
    baby boomer, boomer
    a member of the baby boom generation in the 1950s
    baby buster, buster
    a person born in the generation following the baby boom when the birth rate fell dramatically
    bad guy
    any person who is not on your side
    bad person, malefactor
    a person who does harm to others
    baldhead, baldpate, baldy
    a person whose head is bald
    balker, baulker, noncompliant
    a person who refuses to comply
    bullfighter, toreador
    someone who fights bulls
    a person who takes a bath
    a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
    a person with whom you share a bed
    bereaved, bereaved person
    a person who has suffered the death of someone they loved
    best, topper
    the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
    a baby born; an offspring
    someone who bites
    a person who keeps and updates a blog
    blond, blonde
    a person with fair skin and hair
    a person dressed all in blue (as a soldier or sailor)
    bodybuilder, muscle builder, muscle-builder, musclebuilder, muscleman
    someone who does special exercises to develop a brawny musculature
    a person who plants bombs
    brunet, brunette
    a person with dark (brown) hair
    a person (or thing) that breaks up or overpowers something
    candidate, prospect
    someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
    a person requiring professional services
    a person responsible for receiving payments for goods and services (as in a shop or restaurant)
    celebrant, celebrater, celebrator
    a person who is celebrating
    someone who censures or condemns
    a changeable or inconstant person
    beguiler, charmer
    a person who charms others (usually by personal attractiveness)
    baby, child
    an immature childish person
    (Yiddish) a person characterized by chutzpa
    a person who closes something
    clumsy person
    a person with poor motor coordination
    aggregator, collector
    a person who collects things
    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
    company operator
    an operator who works for a company
    someone or something that makes a situation complex
    a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things
    computer user
    a person who uses computers for work or entertainment or communication or business
    a person devoted to the contemplative life
    a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief
    ape, aper, copycat, emulator, imitator
    someone who copies the words or behavior of another
    a person who counts things
    someone who attempts to prevent terrorism
    crawler, creeper
    a person who crawls or creeps along the ground
    creature, wight
    a human being
    a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
    someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or disability to the legs or back
    dancer, social dancer
    a person who participates in a social gathering arranged for dancing (as a ball)
    dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent, departed
    someone who is no longer alive
    deaf person
    a person with a severe auditory impairment
    debaser, degrader
    a person who lowers the quality or character or value (as by adding cheaper metal to coins)
    debitor, debtor
    a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt
    a person who delays; to put off until later or cause to be late
    a person who gives up or transfers money or goods
    a person who makes demands
    a person who diets
    differentiator, discriminator
    a person who (or that which) differentiates
    disentangler, unraveler, unraveller
    a person who removes tangles; someone who takes something out of a tangled state
    contestant, dissenter, dissident, objector, protester
    a person who dissents from some established policy
    a person who separates something into parts or groups
    domestic partner, significant other, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent
    a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
    double, image, look-alike
    someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)
    a person who dresses in a particular way
    dribbler, driveller, drooler, slobberer
    a person who dribbles
    the operator of a motor vehicle
    drug user, substance abuser, user
    a person who takes drugs
    a person who has dyslexia
    a person with a thin body
    effecter, effector
    one who brings about a result or event; one who accomplishes a purpose
    elevator operator
    an operator of an elevator
    a person who lived during the reign of Elizabeth I
    emotional person
    a person subject to strong states of emotion
    a heavy person with a soft and rounded body
    engine driver, engineer, locomotive engineer, railroad engineer
    the operator of a railway locomotive
    a person who delights in having or using or experiencing something
    a person who enrolls in (or is enrolled in) a class or course of study
    a person who is a member of an ethnic group
    adventurer, explorer
    someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose)
    extravert, extrovert
    (psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
    a person who subscribes to a variety of fads
    a person who falls
    a person who fastens or makes fast
    a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary
    one who is first-rate
    a person who accepts the leadership of another
    free agent, free spirit, freewheeler
    someone acting freely or even irresponsibly
    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
    fleer, fugitive, runaway
    someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
    a person who gains (gains an advantage or gains profits)
    gainer, weight gainer
    a person who gains weight
    a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
    someone who controls access to something
    a person who gathers
    good guy
    any person who is on your side
    good person
    a person who is good to other people
    a person who grants or gives something
    greeter, saluter, welcomer
    a person who greets
    a person who grins
    a person who groans
    a person who grunts
    a person who guesses
    handicapped person
    a person who has some condition that markedly restricts their ability to function physically or mentally or socially
    a person who hates
    heterosexual, heterosexual person, straight, straight person
    a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
    an operator of a hoist
    gay, homo, homophile, homosexual
    someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
    a tiny fully formed individual that (according to the discredited theory of preformation) is supposed to be present in the sperm cell
    someone (or something) on which expectations are centered
    a person who hopes
    a person who crouches
    a person who hugs
    a person who is immune to a particular infection
    insured, insured person
    a person whose interests are protected by an insurance policy; a person who contracts for an insurance policy that indemnifies him against loss of property or life or health etc.
    someone who uses art to represent something
    (psychology) a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts
    a member of an Indo-European people widely scattered throughout the northwest of the Indian subcontinent and consisting of Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs
    gem, jewel
    a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
    an operator of some vehicle or machine or apparatus
    juggernaut, steamroller
    a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
    a person who jumps
    the younger of two persons
    killer, slayer
    someone who causes the death of a person or animal
    relation, relative
    a person related by blood or marriage
    a person with unusual sexual tastes
    a person in a kneeling position
    a person who knocks (as seeking to gain admittance)
    apprehender, knower
    a person who knows or apprehends
    large person
    a person of greater than average size
    a person who is a member of those peoples whose languages derived from Latin
    a person who is laughing or who laughs easily
    assimilator, learner, scholar
    someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
    left-hander, lefty, southpaw
    a person who uses the left hand with greater skill than the right
    a living person
    lightning rod
    someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from another
    linguist, polyglot
    a person who speaks more than one language
    literate, literate person
    a person who can read and write
    a person who has a special life style
    longer, thirster, yearner
    a person with a strong desire for something
    loose cannon
    a person who is expected to perform a particular task but who is out of control and dangerous
    an efficient person
    a person who mails something
    a person who is discontented or disgusted
    the generic use of the word to refer to any human being
    a person who handles things manually
    man jack
    a single individual
    a person who is married
    masturbator, onanist
    a person who practices masturbation
    a person who makes measurements
    a person who is not a member
    a person with a well-developed muscular body
    ladino, mestizo
    a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)
    someone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow
    miracle man, miracle worker
    a person who claims or is alleged to perform miracles
    a person who hates marriage
    a person whose ancestors belonged to two or more races
    a contemporary person
    a person who knows only one language
    mother hen
    a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way)
    the operator of streetcar
    person who is quiet or timid
    maimer, mangler, mutilator
    a person who mutilates or destroys or disfigures or cripples
    a person who gives a name or names
    a person with the same name as another
    a person who is neglectful and gives little attention or respect to people or responsibilities
    neighbor, neighbour
    a person who lives (or is located) near another
    one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute
    a person who is not easily classified and not very interesting
    a person who does not participate
    nonpartisan, nonpartizan
    a person who is nonpartisan
    nonperson, unperson
    a person regarded as nonexistent and having no rights; a person whose existence is systematically ignored (especially for ideological or political reasons)
    someone who does not live in a particular place
    a person who does not smoke tobacco
    nude, nude person
    a naked person
    a person who treats something carefully
    a believer in occultism; someone versed in the occult arts
    a person disposed to take a favorable view of things
    someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
    a person who refuses to face reality or recognize the truth (a reference to the popular notion that the ostrich hides from danger by burying its head in the sand)
    ejector, ouster
    a person who ousts or supplants someone else
    a person belonging to no caste
    a person who spends time outdoors (e.g., hunting or fishing)
    owner, possessor
    a person who owns something
    coddler, mollycoddler, pamperer, spoiler
    someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence
    a person who participates in (or is open to) sexual activities of many kinds
    excuser, forgiver, pardoner
    a person who pardons or forgives or excuses a fault or offense
    a person who is a member of a partnership
    a person involved in legal proceedings
    a person who passes as a member of a different ethnic or racial group
    another word for person; a person not meriting identification
    a person who represents an abstract quality
    perspirer, sweater
    a person who perspires
    a wise person who is calm and rational; someone who lives a life of reason with equanimity
    chooser, picker, selector
    a person who chooses or selects out
    a person who urinates
    contriver, deviser, planner
    a person who makes plans
    a person who pursues a number of different social and sexual partners simultaneously
    someone who behaves in a manner calculated to impress or mislead others
    someone who applies or scatters powder
    one having power to influence another
    a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
    someone who keeps safe from harm or danger
    the person immediately affected by or concerned with an action
    public relations person
    a person employed to establish and promote a favorable relationship with the public
    a person who pursues some plan or goal
    a person who is regarded as easygoing and agreeable
    an unspecified person
    a person who gives up too easily
    a person who has radical ideas or opinions
    radio operator
    someone who operates a radio transmitter
    a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly
    a person who corrects or sets right
    carrottop, red-header, redhead, redheader
    someone who has red hair
    a person who is formally entered (along with others) in a register (and who obtains certain rights thereby)
    allayer, comforter, reliever
    a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
    a person who repeats
    recoverer, rescuer, saver
    someone who saves something from danger or violence
    a person who rests
    controller, restrainer
    a person who directs and restrains
    a person who returns after a lengthy absence
    have, rich person, wealthy person
    a person who possesses great material wealth
    right hander, right-hander, righthander
    a person who uses the right hand more skillfully than the left
    a person who rises (especially from bed)
    a person who romps or frolics
    a brachycephalic person
    ruler, swayer
    a person who rules or commands
    a person who rushes; someone in a hurry; someone who acts precipitously
    a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences
    a person who scratches to relieve an itch
    mediocrity, second-rater
    a person of second-rate ability or value
    cloud seeder, seeder
    a person who seeds clouds
    quester, searcher, seeker
    someone making a search or inquiry
    someone who is or has been segregated
    romanticist, sentimentalist
    someone who indulges in excessive sentimentality
    sex object
    any person regarded simply as an object of sexual gratification
    sex symbol
    a person (especially a celebrity) who is well-known for their sexual attractiveness
    mover and shaker, shaker
    a person who wields power and influence
    a person skilled at making effective presentations
    signatory, signer
    someone who signs and is bound by a document
    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
    a person who is at least six feet tall
    skidder, slider, slipper
    a person who slips or slides because of loss of traction
    a person who is owned by someone
    someone entirely dominated by some influence or person
    a sleepy person
    a person who slouches; someone with a drooping carriage
    small person
    a person of below average size
    a person who smashes something
    a person who smiles
    a person who sneezes
    a person who sniffs
    sniffler, sniveler
    a person who breathes audibly through a congested nose
    a person who snuffs out candles
    a person who breathes noisily (as through a nose blocked by mucus)
    socialiser, socializer
    a person who takes part in social activities
    a person of a particular character or nature
    sounding board
    a person whose reactions to something serve as an indication of its acceptability
    an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret
    the vital principle or animating force within living things
    expectorator, spitter
    a person who spits (ejects saliva or phlegm from the mouth)
    a person known for the way she (or he) behaves when teased or defeated or subjected to trying circumstances
    a person who sprawls
    a person who rejects (someone or something) with contempt
    squint-eye, squinter
    a person with strabismus
    smotherer, stifler
    a person who stifles or smothers or suppresses
    stigmatic, stigmatist
    a person whose body is marked by religious stigmata (such as marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ)
    a person who carries himself or herself with the head and shoulders habitually bent forward
    an individual that one is not acquainted with
    a person who struggles with difficulties or with great effort
    case, guinea pig, subject
    a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
    a person in excess of the regular, required, or usual number
    surrenderer, yielder
    a person who yields or surrenders
    someone who tries to insure their personal survival or the survival of their group or nation
    one who outlives another
    someone who is under suspicion
    a man who operates railroad switches
    someone who appends or joins one thing to another
    someone who assigns labels to the grammatical constituents of textual matter
    a person who strikes a surface lightly and usually repeatedly
    telegraph operator, telegrapher, telegraphist
    someone who transmits messages by telegraph
    switchboard operator, telephone operator, telephonist
    someone who helps callers get the person they are calling
    a person who tempts others
    a person who serves a specified term
    scourge, terror, threat
    a person who inspires fear or dread
    testate, testator
    a person who makes a will
    scrag, skin and bones, thin person
    a person who is unusually thin and scrawny
    one who is third-rate or distinctly inferior
    someone who projects something (especially by a rapid motion of the arm)
    a fierce or audacious person
    a person who belongs to a clan or tribe having a totem
    a person who causes or allows a part of the body to come in contact with someone or something
    transfer, transferee
    someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another
    transexual, transsexual
    a person whose sexual identification is entirely with the opposite sex
    cross-dresser, transvestite
    someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex
    attempter, essayer, trier
    one who tries
    one of two persons who swing ropes for jumpers to skip over in the game of jump rope
    any person who exercises power in a cruel way
    opener, undoer, unfastener, untier
    a person who unfastens or unwraps or opens
    a person who makes use of a thing; someone who uses or employs something
    a person who disappears
    dupe, victim
    a person who is tricked or swindled
    a person who lived during the reign of Victoria
    a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible
    visually impaired person
    someone who has inferior vision
    a person who waits or awaits
    a person who awakes
    person who walks in without having an appointment
    needer, wanter
    a person who wants or needs something
    a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
    someone engaged in or experienced in warfare
    a person who keeps a devotional vigil by a sick bed or by a dead body
    doormat, weakling, wuss
    a person who is physically weak and ineffectual
    a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky
    squirmer, wiggler, wriggler
    one who can't stay still (especially a child)
    a person who winks
    a person who refrains from granting
    (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
    a person absorbed by the concerns and interests and pleasures of the present world
    a person who yawns
    endangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk
    a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
    powder keg
    a potentially explosive state
    menace, threat
    something that is a source of danger
    alkaliser, alkalizer, antacid, antiacid, gastric antacid
    an agent that counteracts or neutralizes acidity (especially in the stomach)
    a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth
    blanching agent, bleach, bleaching agent, whitener
    an agent that makes things white or colorless
    chemical agent
    an agent that produces chemical reactions
    coagulant, coagulator
    an agent that produces coagulation
    a fluid agent (gas or liquid) that produces cooling; especially one used to cool a system by transferring heat away from one part to another
    diluent, dilutant, thinner
    a diluting agent
    any agent that promotes menstrual discharge
    agent that induces milk secretion
    an agent that induces drowsiness or sleep
    hypoglycaemic agent, hypoglycemic agent
    any of various agents that decrease the level of glucose in the blood and are used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus
    an agent capable of activating specific genes
    any agent that reduces milk secretion (as given to a woman who is not breast feeding)
    any agent that enhances milk production
    an agent that triggers mitosis
    nerve agent, nerve gas
    a toxic gas that is inhaled or absorbed through the skin and has harmful effects on the nervous and respiratory system
    an agent that causes a precipitate to form
    solvating agent
    an agent that converts something into a solvate
    viricide, virucide
    an agent (physical or chemical) that inactivates or destroys viruses
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    physical entity
    an entity that has physical existence
  4. noun
    a justification for something existing or happening
    “he had no cause to complain”
    synonyms: grounds, reason
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    a statement in explanation of some action or belief
  5. noun
    a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
    synonyms: case, causa, lawsuit, suit
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    civil suit
    a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant
    class action, class-action suit
    a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
    a legal proceeding brought against someone who has sued you
    criminal suit
    a lawsuit alleging violations of criminal law by the defendant
    a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
    bastardy proceeding, paternity suit
    a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined)
    type of:
    legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  6. verb
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
    cause a commotion”
    cause an accident”
    synonyms: do, make
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    determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
    shape or influence; give direction to
    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
    effect, effectuate, set up
    compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way
    give occasion to
    call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
    evoke or provoke to appear or occur
    breed, engender, spawn
    call forth
    actuate, incentivize, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel
    give an incentive for action
    force, impel
    urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
    increase the likelihood of (a response)
    dispose, incline
    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
    disincline, indispose
    make unwilling
    shape or form or make badly
    carry weight
    have influence to a specified degree
    influence or determine
    shape anew or differently
    set the speed, duration, or execution of
    adjust through indexation
    regulate or set the pace of
    determine beforehand
    accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
    put in effect
    strike up
    innovate, introduce
    bring something new to an environment
    draw, get
    earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
    activate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip
    put in motion or move to act
    bring about abruptly
    hasten, induce, rush, stimulate
    cause to occur rapidly
    compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
    supply the inspiration for
    constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
    set up or lay the groundwork for
    arrange, stage
    plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
    put up or launch
    attempt, set about, undertake
    enter upon an activity or enterprise
    devise, get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare
    arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    contribute or conduce to
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  7. verb
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    synonyms: get, have, induce, make, stimulate
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    cause to decide
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
    induce or persuade
    incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
    spur on
    actively cause something to happen
    cause to undertake a certain action
    inspire, instigate, prompt
    serve as the inciting cause of
    induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
    force, thrust
    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
    pressure or urge someone into an action
    bring around, bring round
    cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
    persuade through constant efforts
    persuade somebody to accept something
    chat up
    talk to someone with the aim of persuading him
    talk into
    persuade somebody to do something
    rope in
    draw in as if with a rope; lure
    blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    convert, convince, win over
    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
    persuade completely, often through coercion
    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
    assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
    charm, influence, tempt
    induce into action by using one's charm
    use persuasion successfully
    persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
    try presumptuously
    make walk
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    clamor, clamour
    compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
    compel or force into a particular state or activity
    compel through a sense of shame
    apply, enforce, implement
    ensure observance of laws and rules
    enforce, impose
    compel to behave in a certain way
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