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Synonyms of cause in English:


  • 1 the cause of the fire has not been found
    mainspring, base, basis, foundation, bottom, seat;
    originator, author, creator, producer, agent, prime mover, maker;
    rare radix
    [Antonyms] effect, result
  • 2 there is no cause for alarm
    reason, grounds, justification, call, need, necessity, occasion, basis, motive, motivation, inducement, excuse, pretext, purpose, stimulus, provocation
  • 3 aid projects must serve the cause of human rights I am raising money for a good cause
    principle, ideal, belief (in), conviction, tenet;
    object, end, aim, objective, purpose, interest;
    movement, enterprise, undertaking, charity
  • 4 he visited Germany to plead his cause with politicians
    case, suit, lawsuit, action, dispute, contention, point of view
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  • this disease can cause blindness
    [Antonyms] result from
  • Word links

    -genic suffix meaning ‘causing ...’, as in carcinogenic, iatrogenic
    -facient suffix meaning ‘causing ...’, as in abortifacient, liquefacient
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