because of

because

[bih-kawz, -koz, -kuhz]
conjunction
1.
for the reason that; due to the fact that: The boy was absent because he was ill.
Idioms
2.
because of, by reason of; due to: Schools were closed because of heavy snowfall.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English bi cause by cause


1. Because, as, since, for, inasmuch as agree in implying a reason for an occurrence or action. Because introduces a direct reason: I was sleeping because I was tired. As and since are so casual as to imply merely circumstances attendant on the main statement: As (or since ) I was tired, I was sleeping. The reason, proof, or justification introduced by for is like an afterthought or a parenthetical statement: I was sleeping, for I was tired. Inasmuch as implies concession; the main statement is true in view of the circumstances introduced by this conjunction: Inasmuch as I was tired, it seemed best to sleep.


1. See reason.
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because (bɪˈkɒz, -ˈkəz)
 
conj
1.  (subordinating) on account of the fact that; on account of being; since: because it's so cold we'll go home
2.  (preposition) because of on account of: I lost my job because of her
 

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because
c.1300, bi cause "by cause," modeled on Fr. par cause. Originally a phrase, often followed by a subordinate clause introduced by that or why. One word from c.1400.
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