- something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
- power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence: His protest had no effect.
- the state of being operative or functional; operation or execution; accomplishment or fulfillment: to bring a plan into effect.
- a mental or emotional impression produced, as by a painting or a speech.
- meaning or sense; purpose or intention: She disapproved of the proposal and wrote to that effect.
- the making of a desired impression: We had the feeling that the big, expensive car was only for effect.
- an illusory phenomenon: a three-dimensional effect.
- a real phenomenon (usually named for its discoverer): the Doppler effect.
- special effects.
- to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen: The new machines finally effected the transition to computerized accounting last spring.
- in effect,
- 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.
- take effect,
- to go into operation; begin to function.
- to produce a result: The prescribed medicine failed to take effect.
Origin of effect
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- goods; movables; personal property.
Origin of effects
Examples from the Web for 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
I could keep only the effect of its expression and the few tones of your voice I heard.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
How were they to effect these apparently incompatible objects?
How little has been the effect of this example on the conduct of the enemy!
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)
- something that is produced by a cause or agent; result
- power or ability to influence or produce a result; efficacywith no effect
- the condition of being operative (esp in the phrases in or into effect)the law comes into effect at midnight
- take effect to become operative or begin to produce results
- basic meaning or purpose (esp in the phrase to that effect)
- an impression, usually one that is artificial or contrived (esp in the phrase for effect)
- a scientific phenomenonthe Doppler effect
- in effect
- in fact; actually
- for all practical purposes
- the overall impression or resultthe effect of a painting
- (tr) to cause to occur; bring about; accomplish
- Also called: personal effects personal property or belongings
- lighting, sounds, etc, to accompany and enhance a stage, film, or broadcast production
Word Origin and History 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.).
- Something brought about by a cause or an agent; a result.
- The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence.
- A scientific law, hypothesis, or phenomenon.
- The condition of being in full force or execution.
- Something that produces a specific impression or supports a general design or intention.
- To bring into existence.
- To produce as a result.
- To bring about.
Idioms and Phrases with effect
see in effect; into effect; take effect; to that effect.