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reason is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
reason

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA (key): /ˈriːzn/
  • SAMPA: /"ri:zn/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: rea‧son

NounEdit

Singular
reason

Plural
reasons

  1. (countable & uncountable) A reason to do something is why you do it, or the cause of something.
    The low price was the main reason for buying it.
    I asked them about the reason why we should go.
    The police are looking for the reason for the accident.
  2. (uncountable) Reason is the ability to think clearly.
    It's important to use reason to decide, not emotion.

SynonymsEdit

VerbEdit

Plain form
reason

Third-person singular
reasons

Past tense
reasoned

Past participle
reasoned

Present participle
reasoning

  1. If you reason, you think carefully about something.
  2. (transitive) (uncommon) If you reason someone, you persuade using reasoning.
    I reasoned my friend into my religion.

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