cause
noun.
events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
they are trying to determine the cause of the crash
noun.
a justification for something existing or happening
he had no cause to complain|they had good reason to rejoice
Synonym: grounds, reason
noun.
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
he supported populist campaigns|they worked in the cause of world peace|the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant|the movement to end slavery|contributed to the war effort
noun.
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
noun.
a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
the family brought suit against the landlord
Synonym: suit, lawsuit, causa, case
verb.
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
cause a commotion|make a stir|cause an accident
Synonym: do, make
verb.
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
The ads induced me to buy a VCR|My children finally got me to buy a computer|My wife made me buy a new sofa