To make common cause with
Cause Cause (k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf. {Cause}, v., {Kickshaw}.] 1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist. [1913 Webster]

Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to make one thing begin to be. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing. [1913 Webster]

3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I did it not for his cause. --2 Cor. vii. 12. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action. [1913 Webster]

5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general. [1913 Webster]

What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain. [1913 Webster]

God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

{Efficient cause}, the agent or force that produces a change or result.

{Final cause}, the end, design, or object, for which anything is done.

{Formal cause}, the elements of a conception which make the conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the idea viewed as a formative principle and co["o]perating with the matter.

{Material cause}, that of which anything is made.

{Proximate cause}. See under {Proximate}.

{To make common cause with}, to join with in purposes and aims. --Macaulay.

Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement; inducement; purpose; object; suit; action. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To make common cause with — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • make common cause with someone — make common cause with (someone) formal if one group of people makes common cause with another group, they work together in order to achieve something that both groups want. Environment protesters have made common cause with local people to stop… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • make common cause with — 1. To cast in one s lot with 2. To have the same interest and aims as • • • Main Entry: ↑common …   Useful english dictionary

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  • make common cause — (often with with) to unite for a common object • • • Main Entry: ↑cause * * * make common cause (with someone) formal phrase to work together with a person, group etc that you do not usually agree with, in order to achieve a shared aim Several… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make common cause — to work together to achieve something. A number of groups have made common cause with local people to stop the highway from being built. The two countries have begun to make common cause against shared enemies. Related vocabulary: have something… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Common Cause (disambiguation) — To make common cause is an idiom meaning to form an alliance, to cooperate towards a common goal . As a proper noun, Common Cause may refer to: Common Cause (U.S. lobbying group), the non partisan lobbying group, or its magazine Common Cause… …   Wikipedia

  • make/find common cause — formal : to join together with someone in order to achieve a shared goal He has made common cause with political rivals to defeat the proposed new law. • • • Main Entry: ↑cause …   Useful english dictionary

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