Definition of Reason in English :

Define Reason in English

Reason meaning in English

Meaning of Reason in English

Pronunciation of Reason in English

Reason pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of reason


1. ground, reason

a rational motive for a belief or action

Example Sentences:
'the reason that war was declared'
'the grounds for their declaration'

2. reason

an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon

Example Sentences:
'the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly'

3. intellect, reason, understanding

the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

Example Sentences:
'we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil'

4. rationality, reason, reasonableness

the state of having good sense and sound judgment

Example Sentences:
'his rationality may have been impaired'
'he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions'

5. cause, grounds, reason

a justification for something existing or happening

Example Sentences:
'he had no cause to complain'
'they had good reason to rejoice'

6. reason

a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion

Example Sentences:
'there is reason to believe he is lying'


7. conclude, reason, reason out

decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

Example Sentences:
'We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house'

8. argue, reason

present reasons and arguments

9. reason

think logically

Example Sentences:
'The children must learn to reason'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of reason
the faculty of rational argument, deduction, judgment, etc
sound mind; sanity
a cause or motive, as for a belief, action, etc
an argument in favour of or a justification for something
5. philosophy
the intellect regarded as a source of knowledge, as contrasted with experience
6. logic
grounds for a belief; a premise of an argument supporting that belief
7.  by reason of
8.  in reason
9.  it stands to reason
10.  listen to reason
11.  reasons of State
12. (when tr, takes a clause as object)
to think logically or draw (logical conclusions) from facts or premises
13. (intransitive; usually foll by with)
to urge or seek to persuade by reasoning
14. (transitive; often foll by out)
to work out or resolve (a problem) by reasoning

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see synonyms of reason
an explanation or justification of an act, idea, etc.
a cause or motive
the ability to think, form judgments, draw conclusions, etc.
sound thought or judgment; good sense
normal mental powers; a sound mind; sanity
verb intransitive
to think coherently and logically; draw inferences or conclusions from facts known or assumed
to argue or talk in a logical way
verb transitive
to think logically about; think out systematically; analyze
to argue, conclude, or infer
now usually with a clause introduced by that as the object
to support, justify, etc. with reasons
to persuade or bring by reasoning (into or out of)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of reason
a. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction: There are good reasons to learn a foreign language. See Usage Notes at because, why.
b. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction: What reasons did she give for leaving?
c. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred: The reason for the building's collapse is unknown.
d. Logic A premise, usually the minor premise, of an argument.
a. The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence: "Most of us would like to believe that when we say something is right or wrong, we are using our powers of reason alone" (Carl Zimmer).
b. The limit of what is reasonable: "It is a curious thing that, when a man hates or loves beyond reason, he is ready to go beyond reason to gratify his feelings" (Rudyard Kipling).
c. A normal mental state; sanity: He has lost his reason.
v. rea·soned, rea·son·ing, rea·sons
1. To determine or conclude by logical thinking: The doctor reasoned that the patient had a virus.
2. To persuade or dissuade (someone) with reasons: "You boast ... of having reasoned him out of his absurd romance" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
1. To use the faculty of reason; think logically: What would lead you to reason so?
2. To talk or argue logically and persuasively: tried to reason with her son to eat a good breakfast.
3. Obsolete To engage in conversation or discussion.

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