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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ree-zuh n]
    • /ˈri zən/
    • /ˈriːzn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ree-zuh n]
    • /ˈri zən/

Definitions of reason word

  • noun reason a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact, event, etc.: the reason for declaring war. 1
  • noun reason a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action: I dare you to give me one good reason for quitting school! 1
  • noun reason the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences: Effective leadership requires a person of reason. 1
  • noun reason sound judgment; good sense. 1
  • noun reason normal or sound powers of mind; sanity. 1
  • noun reason Logic. a premise of an argument. 1

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Origin of reason

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English resoun, reisun (noun) < Old French reisun, reson < Latin ratiōn- (stem of ratiō) ratio

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Parts of speech for Reason


reason popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

reason usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for reason

verb reason

  • accounted — an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
  • add up — If facts or events do not add up, they make you confused about a situation because they do not seem to be consistent. If something that someone has said or done adds up, it is reasonable and sensible.
  • allow for — If you allow for certain problems or expenses, you include some extra time or money in your planning so that you can deal with them if they occur.
  • altercate — to argue, esp heatedly; dispute
  • argue — If one person argues with another, they speak angrily to each other about something that they disagree about. You can also say that two people argue.

noun reason

  • account — If you have an account with a bank or a similar organization, you have an arrangement to leave your money there and take some out when you need it.
  • actuation — to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.
  • actuations — to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.
  • acuities — sharpness; acuteness; keenness: acuity of vision; acuity of mind.
  • acuity — Acuity is sharpness of vision or hearing, or quickness of thought.

Antonyms for reason

noun reason

  • absurdity — the quality or state of being absurd; nonsense
  • bs — BS is an abbreviation for 'British Standard', which is a standard that something sold in Britain must reach in a test to prove that it is satisfactory or safe. Each standard has a number for reference.
  • bss — British Standards Specification
  • flapdoodle — nonsense; bosh.
  • gluttony — excessive eating and drinking.

Top questions with reason

  • ours is not to reason why?
  • what was the reason for the civil war?
  • reason why i love you?
  • what is reason?
  • what was the primary reason maryland was founded?
  • why am i mad for no reason?
  • why does my face get red for no reason?
  • why do i cry for no reason?
  • why do my balls hurt for no reason?
  • the reason why?
  • you are the reason why i lift my hands?
  • which is a key reason for public disclosure laws?
  • what reason did ford give for pardoning richard nixon?
  • which is one reason that bail is used?
  • what is one reason colonists came to america?

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