effect

[ ih-fekt ]
/ ɪˈfɛkt /

noun

verb (used with object)

to produce as an effect; bring about; make happen; accomplish: The new machines finally effected the transition to computerized accounting last spring.

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Idioms for effect

    in effect,
    1. for practical purposes; virtually: His silence was in effect a confirmation of the rumor.
    2. essentially; basically.
    3. operating or functioning; in force: The plan is now in effect.
    take effect,
    1. to go into operation; begin to function.
    2. to produce a result: The prescribed medicine failed to take effect.

Origin of effect

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin effectus “the carrying out (of a task, etc.),” hence, “accomplishment, outcome,” equivalent to effec- (variant stem of efficere “to make, carry out”; ef- combining form meaning “out, out from, beyond” + -ficere combining form of the verb facere “do, make”) + -tus suffix of verbal action; cf. ef-, do1

synonym study for effect

1. Effect, consequence(s), result refer to something produced by an action or a cause. An effect is that which is produced, usually more or less immediately and directly: The effect of morphine is to produce sleep. A consequence, something that follows naturally or logically, as in a train of events or sequence of time, is less intimately connected with its cause than is an effect: Punishment is the consequence of disobedience. A result may be near or remote, and often is the sum of effects or consequences as making an end or final outcome: The English language is the result of the fusion of many different elements.

words often confused with effect

See affect1.

OTHER WORDS FROM effect

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH effect

affect, effect (see confusables note at affect1)
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British Dictionary definitions for effect

effect
/ (ɪˈfɛkt) /

noun

verb

(tr) to cause to occur; bring about; accomplish
See also effects

Derived forms of effect

effecter, nouneffectible, adjective

Word Origin for effect

C14: from Latin effectus a performing, tendency, from efficere to accomplish, from facere to do
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Medical definitions for effect

effect
[ ĭ-fĕkt ]

n.

v.

Other words from effect

ef•fecti•ble adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with effect

effect

see in effect; into effect; take effect; to that effect.

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