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Originally two words, corresponding to by + cause, modelled on Old French par cause.


  • qualifier stressed
    • a UK /bɪˈkɒz/, /bI"kQz/
    • a US /bɪˈkɔz/|/bɪˈkʌz/, /bI"kOz/|/bɪ"kVz/
  • qualifier unstressed
    • /bɪkəz/, /bIk@z/
  • Rhymes: -ɒz
  • Hyphenation: be·cause


  1. For the reason (that).
    • 1611: And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. — Genesis 2.iii (King James Bible)
  2. On account (of).
    I ruined my life because of you!


  1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.
    I hid myself because I was afraid.



Related terms

Extensive Definition

Because is often used in connection with causality.
The mathematical symbol for "because" is \because
Artistic works entitled Because:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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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