Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • conj. For the reason that; since.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. For the reason (that).
  • adv. On account (of), for sake (of).
  • adv. Used alone to refuse to provide a full answer a question begun with "why", often taken as an ellipsis of "Because I said so".
  • conj. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.
  • conj. As known because; as inferred because; as determined because.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conj. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.
  • conj. In order that; that.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By reason (of); on account (of): followed by of.
  • For the sake (of); in order (to).
  • For the reason (that); since.
  • To the end that; in order that.
  • Synonyms See since.

Etymologies

Middle English; see because of.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bi cause = bi ("by") + cause, modelled on Old French par cause (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • INSKEEP: Was that because studio time is expensive or because� (Soundbite of laughter) Mr. AUERBACH: That's because, you know, we're cheap.

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  • On his second day in office, President Obama repudiated George W. Bush’s obsessive and destructive secrecy by ordering his government to obey the Freedom of Information Act. He said it should not withhold documents because they are embarrassing, or reveal failures and errors, or “because of speculative or abstract fears.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: NYT OP ED: Did They Miss the Memo?

  • Just to clarify, I think that Rose and Donna and Martha, and Mickey, and Jack are special *because* of all of those things they do with their 'ordinary' human bravery and cleverness, which is why the s1 and s4 finales bother me, because they leave us with the inadvertent implication that to be really special, you have to be like a Time Lord.

    Rooting the Doctor 2

  • The idea that women are uniquely civilizing is absolutely sexist by any definition because it assumes that men need civilizing *because* they are men.

    Mother-in-Law in the White House.

  • Moreover, precisely because we have introduced the conjunction ˜because™ as an explanatory conjunction, it may be felt that it is not well-suited to the ontological role now being devised for it.

    Ontological Dependence

  • She can't find a job..because the reason she has left her other jobs is because of a military move.

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  • America needs a change in currency policy because, although a weak dollar helps exports because it lowers the price of American goods for foreign buyers, it will eventually bring negative consequences to the economy in general because a weak dollar, an unstable dollar, makes America less attractive to foreign investment.

    11/12/2007

  • This is because of stuff I've said elsewhere -- games are powerful and compelling *because* they're so much like other aspects of our lives.

    The Magic Circle

  • I do hope that both systems stick it out for the long haul..mainly because I will probably get another DS sometime..because they have some good games.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Nintendo DS vs. PlayStation Portable

  • This gives rise to what is known in technical logic as the _post hoc ergo propter hoc_ fallacy; that is, the assumption that because one thing happens after another, therefore it happens _because_ of it.

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