effect meaning

[ i'fekt ] Pronunciation:   "effect" in a sentence
  • Noun: effect  i'fekt
    1. A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
      "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"
      - consequence, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot 
    2. An outward appearance
      "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"
      - impression 
    3. An impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
      "he just did it for effect" 
    4. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
      - essence, burden, core, gist 
    5. (of a law) having legal validity
      "the law is still in effect"
      - force 
    6. A symptom caused by an illness or a drug
      "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anaesthetic"
    Verb: effect  i'fekt
    1. Produce
      - effectuate, set up 
    2. Act so as to bring into existence
      "effect a change"

    Sounds like: affect

    Derived forms: effecting, effects, effected

    See also: effecter, effective

    Type of: act, appearance, belief, cause, do, feeling, import, impression, make, meaning, move, notion, opinion, phenomenon, significance, signification, symptom, validity, validness, visual aspect

    Encyclopedia: Effect

  • [Business]
    noun, verb



    1 [C,U]

    a change that sb/sth causes in sb/sth else; a result:

    The fall in tourism is having an adverse effect on business.

    What are the long-term effects of this strategy?

    We are still feeling the effects of the stock-market crash.

    Excluding the effect of exchange rates, profits grew 9.7% last year.

    The campaign had little effect on our market share.

    We cut costs to offset (= work against) the effects of falling sales.

    The combined effect of the January sales and new product lines boosted revenues.

    ❖ to have/produce an effect (on sth)

    ◆ a big/dramatic/significant effect

    little/no effect

    ◆ an adverse/ a damaging/harmful/negative effect

    ◆ a beneficial/positive effect

    ◆ to feel/suffer the effects (of sth)

    ◆ to counter/offset/reverse the effects (of sth)

    2 effects [pl.] (formal, only used in written English)

    your personal possessions:

    The insurance policy covers all baggage and personal effects.


    bring/put sth into effect

    to cause sth to come into use:

    The recommendations will soon be put into effect.

    come into effect

    to come into use; to begin to apply:

    New controls come into effect next month.

    in effect

    (about a law or rule) in use:

    These laws are in effect in twenty states.

    take effect

    to come into use; to begin to apply:

    The new pricing structure will take effect from 1 July.

    to the effect that ...; to this/that effect (formal)

    used in formal or legal documents to say that what has been written has a particular meaning, purpose or result:

    The contract contains a clause to the effect that the executive will be required to work outside normal business hours when the work requires.

    with immediate effect; with effect from ...

    starting now; starting from ...: (;

    ◆ %% starting now; starting from ..)

    She has resigned as chairman with immediate effect.

    With effect from 1 August, there will be an extra €2 charge on all deliveries.

    verb [+ obj] (formal)

    to make sth happen:

    You may effect payment for your order in several currencies.

  • [Defence]

    1. The physical or behavioral state of a system that results from an action, a set of actions, or another effect.
    2. The result, outcome, or consequence of an action.
    3. A change to a condition, behavior, or degree of freedom.
    (JP 3-0)

  • [Economics]
    See announcement effect, income effect, Pigou effect, and substitution effect

  • [Medicine]
    n : something that is produced by an agent or cause ‹obtained the same effect with a smaller dose›


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  1. it has no discernible effect on spondylitis.
  2. evidence of the adverse effect is limited.
  3. it had corrective effect on my vanity.
  4. his words were taking effect, which was clear.
  5. the curative effect varies from person to person ...

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