Translation of cause in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /kɔːz/


  • 1 1.1 countable/numerable (of accident, event) causa (feminine) the cause of death is unknown se desconoce la causa de la muerte cause and effect causa y efecto
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    • This way of thinking led to his distinctive ideas about the causes of natural phenomena.
    • Visiting Alice in hospital, Byrne would often ask the psychiatrists for an explanation for her condition, a root cause.
    • We must also determine the causes of this phenomenon.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable (reason, grounds) motivo (masculine), razón (feminine) there's some cause for concern existen motivos or razones para preocuparse there's no cause for concern no hay por qué preocuparse I have every cause to regret it tengo motivos sobrados para lamentarlo without (good) cause sin causa (justificada) or motivo (justificado) she was furious, and with (good) cause estaba furiosa, y con (toda la) razón to show cause [Law/Derecho] fundamentar
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    • Lopez is said to have promised not to dismiss him ‘without good cause or reason’.
    • Vandalism and criminal damage caused by airguns is an increasing problem which is giving cause for concern according to police.
    • When the horse suffered a mild fetlock injury on July 22 it was a cause for concern but no cause for panic.
  • 2 countable/numerable 2.1 (ideal, movement) causa (feminine) to fight/die for the cause luchar/morir* por la causa it's a good cause es una buena causa he worked for the cause of nuclear disarmament trabajó en pro del desarme nuclear they fought in the cause of freedom lucharon en pro de la libertad to make common cause with sb hacer* causa común con algn 2.2 (case) [Law/Derecho] causa (feminine) to plead sb's cause abogar* por algn
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    • He always fought individual causes with the same passion that he applied to collective ones.
    • Every individual shall have the right to have his cause heard.
    • At the same time, the reluctance of some women with legitimate causes to plead a suit of force and fear at all, hints that they feared the courts might have condoned the use of coercion.
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    • Kent Kaiser likewise has a long record as public advocate for conservative causes, and particularly those of the religious right.
    • However you choose to play the numbers game, these protests clearly did not represent a movement of people committed to a cause.
    • Since his retirement, Cronkite has been an outspoken advocate of liberal causes.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • causar to cause sb problems causarle or ocasionarle problemas a algn to cause sb sorrow/pain causarle tristeza/dolor a algn to cause sb/sth to + infinitive/infinitivo hacer* que algn/algo + subjunctive/subjuntivo their criticism caused him to resign sus críticas motivaron or provocaron su renuncia, sus críticas hicieron que renunciara this caused the rope to break esto hizo que se rompiera la soga the police caused the road to be closed [formal] la policía ordenó cerrar la calle

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