verb (used with object)
- for practical purposes; virtually: His silence was in effect a confirmation of the rumor.
- essentially; basically.
- operating or functioning; in force: The plan is now in effect.
- to go into operation; begin to function.
- to produce a result: The prescribed medicine failed to take effect.
Origin of effect
Synonyms for effect
Origin of effects
Related Words for effectdevelopment, reaction, event, repercussion, ramification, consequence, aftermath, outcome, issue, response, fallout, use, strength, force, power, sense, influence, reality, meaning, significance
Examples from the Web for effect
Contemporary Examples of effect
But they say its effect on the regular daily operation of organized crime has been negligible.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
So now the company is asking the FCC to, in effect, reverse itself.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
A revised version of the law goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
“Lady Ellen was the first person who saw the real me,” said Roome about the effect Weirich has had on her life.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of effect
I could keep only the effect of its expression and the few tones of your voice I heard.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
How little has been the effect of this example on the conduct of the enemy!
How were they to effect these apparently incompatible objects?
But he has played so many of these jokes that they begin to lose their effect.Monsieur du Muroir (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
If it were, to whom could I appeal with effect against a husband?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- in fact; actually
- for all practical purposes
Word Origin for effect
late 14c., "a result," from Old French efet (13c., Modern French effet) "result, execution, completion, ending," from Latin effectus "accomplishment, performance," from past participle stem of efficere "work out, accomplish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + facere "to do" (see factitious).
Meaning "impression produced on the beholder" is from 1736. Sense in stage effect, sound effect, etc. first recorded 1881. The verb is from 1580s. Related: Effecting; effection.
"goods, property," 1704, plural of effect (n.).
see in effect; into effect; take effect; to that effect.