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Because definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BECAUSE, becauz' a compound word. [ See By and Cause.]
By cause, or by the cause; on this account; for the cause which is explained in the next proposition; for the reason next explained. Thus, I fled, because I was afraid, is to be thus resolved; I fled, by the cause, for the cause, which is mentioned in the next affirmation, viz. I was afraid. Hence, cause being a noun, because may be regularly followed by of.
The spirit is life, because of righteousness.
Because of these cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Merriam Webster's

conjunction Etymology: Middle English because that, because, from by cause that Date: 14th century 1. for the reason that ; since <rested because he was tired> 2. the fact that ; that <the reason I haven't been fired is because my boss hasn't got round to it yet E. B. White>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

conj. for the reason that; since. Phrases and idioms: because of on account of; by reason of. Etymology: ME f. BY prep. + CAUSE, after OF par cause de by reason of

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Because Be*cause", conj. [OE. bycause; by + cause.] 1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that. --Milton. 2. In order that; that. [Obs.] And the multitude rebuked them because they should hold their peace. --Matt. xx. 31. Because of, by reason of, on account of. [Prep. phrase.] Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. --Eph. v. 6. Syn: Because, For, Since, As, Inasmuch As. Usage: These particles are used, in certain connections, to assign the reason of a thing, or that ``on account of'' which it is or takes place. Because (by cause) is the strongest and most emphatic; as, I hid myself because I was afraid. For is not quite so strong; as, in Shakespeare, ``I hate him, for he is a Christian.'' Since is less formal and more incidental than because; as, I will do it since you request me. It more commonly begins a sentence; as, Since your decision is made, I will say no more. As is still more incidental than since, and points to some existing fact by way of assigning a reason. Thus we say, as I knew him to be out of town, I did not call. Inasmuch as seems to carry with it a kind of qualification which does not belong to the rest. Thus, if we say, I am ready to accept your proposal, inasmuch as I believe it is the best you can offer, we mean, it is only with this understanding that we can accept it.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. You use because when stating the reason for something. He is called Mitch, because his name is Mitchell... Because it is an area of outstanding natural beauty, you can't build on it... 'Why didn't you tell me, Archie?''Because you might have casually mentioned it to somebody else.' CONJ 2. You use because when stating the explanation for a statement you have just made. Maybe they just didn't want to ask too many questions, because they rented us a room without even asking to see our papers... The President has played a shrewd diplomatic game because from the outset he called for direct talks with the United States... CONJ 3. If an event or situation occurs because of something, that thing is the reason or cause. Many families break up because of a lack of money... Because of the law in Ireland, we had to work out a way of getting her over to Britain. PREP-PHRASE 4. You use just because when you want to say that a particular situation should not necessarily make you come to a particular conclusion. (INFORMAL, SPOKEN) Just because something has always been done a certain way does not make it right. PHRASE

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

be-kos' (hina, "in order that"): "The multitude rebuked them, because (AV; the Revised Version (British and American) "that") they should hold their peace" (Mt 20:31).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

conj. For, since, as, for the cause that, for the reason that, on this account that, inasmuch as.

Moby Thesaurus

as, as long as, as things go, being, being as how, cause, considering, for, forasmuch as, in that, inasmuch as, insofar as, insomuch as, now, parce que, seeing, seeing as how, seeing that, since, whereas



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