because /bɪˈkɒz/


I. conjunction

1. for the reason that; since

we did it because we felt it our duty

just because I’m inexperienced doesn’t mean that I lack perception.

‹informal› used to introduce a word or phrase that stands for a clause expressing an explanation or reason

there’s probably somebody out there who would argue the point because Internet
making a bag of popcorn with hot sauce for lunch because hungry.
II. phrases

because of
on account of; by reason of

they moved here because of the baby.
– origin Middle English: from the phrase by cause, influenced by Old French par cause de ‘by reason of’. / usage: 1 When because follows a negative construction the meaning can be ambiguous. In the sentence he did not go because he was ill, for example, it is not clear whether it means either ‘the reason he did not go was that he was ill’ or ‘being ill wasn’t the reason for him going; there was another reason’. Some usage guides recommend using a comma when the first interpretation is intended ( he did not go, because he was ill) and no comma where the second interpretation is intended, but it is probably wiser to avoid using because after a negative altogether. 2 As with other conjunctions such as but and and, it is still widely held that it is incorrect to begin a sentence with because. It has, however, long been used in this way in both written and spoken English (typically for rhetorical effect), and is quite acceptable. 3 On the construction the reason … is because, see usage at reason.

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