Definitions for effectɪˈfɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence.

  2. power to produce results; efficacy; force:

    The protest had no effect.

  3. the state of being effective or operative; operation or execution:

    to bring a plan into effect.

  4. a mental or emotional impression produced, as by a painting or speech.

  5. general meaning or purpose; intent:

    I wrote a letter to that effect.

  6. the making of a desired impression:

    The expensive car was only for effect.

  7. an illusory phenomenon:

    a three-dimensional effect.

  8. a scientific phenomenon (usu. named for its discoverer):

    the Doppler effect.

  9. (v.t.)to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish:

    to effect a change.

Idioms for effect:

  1. in effect, essentially; basically.

    Category: Idiom

  2. take effect, to go into operation; begin to function. to produce a result.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: effect , consequence , result refer to something produced by an action or a cause. An effect is that which is produced, usu. more or less immediately and directly: The drug had the effect of producing 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: One consequence of a recession is a rise in unemployment. 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.Usage: See affect1.

Origin of effect:

1350–1400; ME < L effectus the carrying out (of a task, etc.), hence, that which is achieved, outcome


Princeton's WordNet

  1. consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot(noun)

    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"

  2. impression, effect(noun)

    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"

  3. effect(noun)

    an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)

    "he just did it for effect"

  4. effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

  5. effect, force(noun)

    (of a law) having legal validity

    "the law is still in effect"

  6. effect(verb)

    a symptom caused by an illness or a drug

    "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"

  7. effect, effectuate, set up(verb)


    "The scientists set up a shock wave"

  8. effect(verb)

    act so as to bring into existence

    "effect a change"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. effect(noun)ɪˈfɛkt

    the result or impact of sth

    to have a beneficial/negative effect; the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain

  2. effectɪˈfɛkt

    an artificially produced sound or image

    sound/visual effects

  3. effectɪˈfɛkt

    the possessions found on a dead person

  4. effectɪˈfɛkt

    to begin to happen or exist

    The new law will come into effect next Friday.

  5. effectɪˈfɛkt

    to begin to produce a result

    ***The medication may not take effect immediately.

  6. effectɪˈfɛkt

    to begin to be used

    The law took effect in January 1989.


  1. effect(Noun)

    The result or outcome of a cause. See usage notes below.

    The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.

  2. effect(Noun)

    An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")

    The effect of flying was most convincing.

  3. effect(Noun)

    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. effect(Noun)

    A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.

    I just bought a couple of great effects.

  5. effect(Noun)

    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.

  6. effect(Noun)

    A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.

    Doppler effect

  7. effect(Noun)

    Belongings, usually as personal effects.

  8. effect(Verb)

    To make or bring about; to implement.

    The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders.

  9. Origin: For noun: from effect (French: effet), from effectus, from efficio; see effect as a verb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effect(noun)

    execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May

  2. Effect(noun)

    manifestation; expression; sign

  3. Effect(noun)

    in general: That which is produced by an agent or cause; the event which follows immediately from an antecedent, called the cause; result; consequence; outcome; fruit; as, the effect of luxury

  4. Effect(noun)

    impression left on the mind; sensation produced

  5. Effect(noun)

    power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect

  6. Effect(noun)

    consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to

  7. Effect(noun)

    the purport; the sum and substance

  8. Effect(noun)

    reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance

  9. Effect(noun)

    goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects

  10. Effect(verb)

    to produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be

  11. Effect(verb)

    to bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. effect

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #380

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #914

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effect' in Nouns Frequency: #64

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effect' in Verbs Frequency: #933

Translations for effect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a result or consequence

He is suffering from the effects of over-eating; His discovery had little effect at first.

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