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American English: /kɔz/
British English: /kɔːz/

Translation of cause in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable (of accident, event) the cause of death is unknown
    se desconoce la causa de la muerte
    cause and effect
    causa y efecto
    Example sentences
    • 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 (reason, grounds) 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)
    Example sentences
    • 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 2.1 (ideal, movement) 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 somebody
    hacer causa común con alguien
    2.2 (case) (Law) to plead somebody's cause
    abogar por alguien
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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

  • to cause somebody problems
    causarle or ocasionarle problemas a alguien
    to cause somebody sorrow/pain
    causarle tristeza/dolor a alguien
    to cause somebody/something to + infinitive
    hacer que alguien/algo + subjunctive
    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
    Example sentences
    • Miss Young said his mixed race had caused him problems and led to bullying at school.
    • The foam and plastic from the seats caused the fire to spread rapidly though the bus.
    • Swindon Council may also serve a warning notice on riders causing a noise nuisance.

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