- goods; movables; personal property.
Origin of effects
- 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 effects
That makes it incredibly difficult to determine the effects of airstrikes, for example.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
“The Syrian war is having its effects here as well,” said Yehyavi, the Iranian consul general in Quetta.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
We see the effects of a state that spends more money per capita on prisons than it does on education.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Moreover, trucks, dust, and boomtown stress are the effects of any large-scale industrial activity.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
In war, he wrote, “everything is uncertain … all military action is intertwined with psychological forces and effects.”How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
A modern example of the effects it is capable of is recorded by Tartini.
He is never downright intoxicated, and never free from the effects of liquor.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Now, this is not the ordinary man's experience of passion and its effects.The Man Shakespeare
I knew she was overloaded, and was afraid of the effects of a gale.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Miss Howe rallies her on the effects this intelligence must have upon her generosity.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- Also called: personal effects personal property or belongings
- lighting, sounds, etc, to accompany and enhance a stage, film, or broadcast production
- 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 effects
"goods, property," 1704, plural of effect (n.).
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.
Idioms and Phrases with effects
see in effect; into effect; take effect; to that effect.