Effect meaning

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Effect is defined as a result of something or the ability to bring about a result.

An example of effect is slurred speech after having a few cocktails.

An example of effect is weight loss from a consistent exercise routine.

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The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result.

The government's action had little effect on the trade imbalance.

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Influence or action on something.

The drug had a cathartic effect.

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The result or outcome of a cause. .

The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.

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Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
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General meaning; purport.

He spoke to this effect.

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Belongings; property.

Household effects.

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Anything brought about by a cause or agent; result.
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To make or bring about; to implement.

The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders.

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(cinematography) An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")

The effect of flying was most convincing.

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(sound engineering) An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.

I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious.

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(sound engineering) A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.

I just bought a couple of great effects.

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Advantage; avail.

Used her words to great effect in influencing the jury.

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To bring about; produce as a result; cause; accomplish.

To effect a compromise.

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Execution; performance; realization; operation.
  • (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.
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(physics, psychology, etc.) A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.

Doppler effect.

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(usually plural) Belongings, usually as personal effects.
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Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; with to.
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Common misspelling of affect.
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The basic or general meaning; import.

He said he was greatly worried, or words to that effect.

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To bring about; make happen; cause or accomplish.

Effect a cure for a disease; effect a change in policy.

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The power or ability to bring about results; efficacy.

A law of little effect.

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The condition or fact of being operative or in force.

The law goes into effect today.

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Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
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The condition of being in full force or execution; operativeness.

A new regulation that goes into effect tomorrow.

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Movable belongings; goods.
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in effect
  • In essence; to all purposes:
    Testimony that in effect contradicted her earlier statement.
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to the effect that
  • With the general meaning that:
    He said something to the effect that he was sorry.
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give effect to
  • to put into practice; make operative
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in effect
  • in result; actually; in fact
  • in essence; virtually
  • in operation; in force
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take effect
  • to begin to produce results; become operative
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to the effect
  • with the purport or meaning
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

to the effect that
give effect to

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 verb: from Latin effectus, perfect passive participle of efficiō (“accomplish, complete, do, effect”), from ex (“out”) + faciō (“do, make”); see fact and compare affect, infect.

    From Wiktionary

  • For noun: from Old French effect (French: effet), from Latin effectus, from efficiō (“accomplish, complete, effect”); see effect as a verb.

    From Wiktionary