as, by reason of, in that, on account of, owing to, since, thanks to
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1 conj You use because when stating the reason for something.
He is called Mitch, because his name is Mitchell..., Because it is an area of outstanding natural beauty, you can't build on it..., `Why didn't you tell me, Archie?'<emdash>`Because you might have casually mentioned it to somebody else.'
2 conj You use because when stating the explanation for a statement you have just made.
Maybe they just didn't want to ask too many questions, because they rented us a room without even asking to see our papers..., The President has played a shrewd diplomatic game because from the outset he called for direct talks with the United States...
3 prep-phrase If an event or situation occurs because of something, that thing is the reason or cause.
Many families break up because of a lack of money..., Because of the law in Ireland, we had to work out a way of getting her over to Britain.
4 phrase You use just because when you want to say that a particular situation should not necessarily make you come to a particular conclusion.
INFORMAL, SPOKEN Just because something has always been done a certain way does not make it right.
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