[Countable] A cause is an aim or principle which a group of people supports or is fighting for. cf. lost cause.
[Countable] an organization or idea that people support or fight for.
- Refusing to have one leader has not helped the cause.
- Animal welfare campaigners raised £70000 for their cause last year.
- a good cause (=an organization that does good work, such as charity)
- fighting for the Republic cause.
- The donation is the biggest private gift to a humanitarian cause.
..... COBUILD, OALD
- (3) the ideals, etc... of a group or movement: ex) the Communist cause
- (4) the welfare or interests of a person or group in a dispute: ex) they fought for the miners' cause
- (5) a matter of widespread concern or importance: ex) the cause of public health
have(make) common cause:
- to join with (a person, group, etc.) for a common objective.
- to join with other people or groups in order to oppose an enemy .
... COLLINS, LDOCE
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CF. [Uncountable: N for n, N to-inf] cause: If you have cause for a particular feeling or action, you have good reasons for feeling it or doing it.
- Only a few people can find any cause for celebration...
- Both had much cause to be grateful for the secretiveness of government in Britain.
- White wrote his draft at a bad moment for the Allied cause.
(화이트의 초안은 연합국들이 뜻을 모으기에는 좋지 않은 시점에 나왔다.)