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Dictionary Definition

effect

Noun

1 a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event" [syn: consequence, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot]
2 an outward appearance; "he made a good impression"; "I wanted to create an impression of success"; "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting" [syn: impression]
3 (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect" [syn: force]
4 a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"
5 an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); "he just did it for effect"
6 the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work [syn: essence, burden, core, gist]

Verb

1 produce; "The scientists set up a shockwave" [syn: effectuate, bring about, set up]
2 act so as to bring into existence; "effect a change"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ɪˈfɛkt/, /I"fEkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

Etymology

From effect (French: effet), from effectus

Noun

  1. The result or outcome of a cause. See usage notes below.
    The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.
  2. An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")
    The effect of flying was most convincing.
  3. An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.
    I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious.
  4. A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.
    I just bought a couple of great effects.
  5. The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.
    The new law will come into effect on the first day of next year.''

Translations

the result of an action
movie and television industries term
sound engineering and production term
state of being binding and enforceable

Verb

  1. To make or bring about; to implement.
    The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders.

Usage notes

Do not confuse effect with “affect”. The latter is used to convey the influence over existing ideas, emotions and entities; the former indicates the manifestation of new or original ideas or entities:
  • “...new governing coalitions have effected major changes” indicates that major changes were made as a result of new governing coalitions.
  • “...new governing coalitions have affected major changes” indicates that before new governing coalitions, major changes were in place, and that the new governing coalitions had some influence over these existing changes.

Synonyms

Translations

to make or bring about; to implement

Extensive Definition

Effect, from Latin effectus "performance, accomplishment" can be used in various meanings:
Please note that although the word "effect" is most commonly found in noun form, it also exists as a verb, and as such is often confused with the word "affect" (itself most commonly a verb, but occasionally found in noun form, especially in the areas of psychology and philosophy).
effect in Danish: Effekt
effect in German: Effekt
effect in Spanish: Causalidad
effect in French: Causalité
effect in Dutch: Effect
effect in Albanian: Pasoja
effect in Slovak: Determinizmus
effect in Thai: เอฟเฟกต์
effect in Chinese: 效應

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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