- 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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Examples from the Web for effecting
This is particularly true when such cops are focused on effecting an arrest.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
“AIDS is effecting the world, so I wanted to heighten the awareness that we are all in the same boat,” Mooney said.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
The disorder is rare, effecting approximately 32 out of every 100,000 people over age 60.Transient Global Amnesia: What Total Memory Loss Is Like
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
July 28, 2013
America has no serious options for effecting gradual reform in the kingdom.Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
January 20, 2013
But the overwhelming majority of the time the strategy worked, not just from one game to another but in effecting lasting change.The Strange Genius of Tony La Russa
November 1, 2011
A kind of net for effecting an involuntary change of environment.The Devil's Dictionary
And should we not enquire what sort of knowledge has the power of effecting such a change?The Republic
Is he a worse physician who uses a little gentle violence in effecting the cure?Statesman
Therefore there will be no difficulty in effecting an entry.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
I found out at once where they lived, and set about effecting this delicate charge.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- 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
Word Origin and History for effecting
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.
- 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.