An example of effect is slurred speech after having a few cocktails.
An example of effect is weight loss from a consistent exercise routine.
The government's action had little effect on the trade imbalance.
The drug had a cathartic effect.
He spoke to this effect.
The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders.
The effect of flying was most convincing.
I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious.
I just bought a couple of great effects.
Used her words to great effect in influencing the jury.
To effect a compromise.
- (uncountable) The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.The new law will come into effect on the first day of next year.
He said he was greatly worried, or words to that effect.
Effect a cure for a disease; effect a change in policy.
A law of little effect.
The law goes into effect today.
A new regulation that goes into effect tomorrow.
- In essence; to all purposes:Testimony that in effect contradicted her earlier statement.
- With the general meaning that:He said something to the effect that he was sorry.
- to put into practice; make operative
- in result; actually; in fact
- in essence; virtually
- in operation; in force
- to begin to produce results; become operative
- with the purport or meaning
Origin of effect
- Middle English from Old French from Latin effectus from past participle of efficere to accomplish ex- ex- facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- For noun: from Old French effect (French: effet), from Latin effectus, from efficiō (“accomplish, complete, effect”); see effect as a verb.