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cause

2 verb
     
cause2 S1 W1 [transitive]
to make something happen, especially something bad:
Heavy traffic is causing delays on the freeway.
The fire caused £15,000 worth of damage.
cause something for somebody
The oil spill is causing problems for coastal fisheries.
cause concern/uncertainty/embarrassment etc
The policy changes have caused great uncertainty for the workforce.
I'm sorry if I caused any confusion.
cause somebody trouble/problems etc
You've caused us all a lot of unnecessary worry.
Sorry, I didn't mean to cause offence (=offend you).
cause somebody/something to do something
What caused you to change your mind?

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