What does effect mean?

Definitions for effect
ɪˈfɛktef·fect

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word effect.

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)

    produce

    "The scientists set up a shock wave"

  8. effect(verb)

    act so as to bring into existence

    "effect a change"

Wiktionary

  1. effect(Noun)

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

    The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.

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

  2. effect(Noun)

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

    The effect of flying was most convincing.

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

  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.

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

  4. effect(Noun)

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

    I just bought a couple of great effects.

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

  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.

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

  6. effect(Noun)

    A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.

    Doppler effect

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

  7. effect(Noun)

    Belongings, usually as personal effects.

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

  8. effect(Verb)

    To make or bring about; to implement.

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

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effect

    ef-fekt′, n. the result of an action: impression produced: reality: the consequence intended: (pl.) goods: property.—v.t. to produce: to accomplish.—ns. Effec′ter, Effec′tor.—adjs. Effec′tible, that may be effected; Effec′tive, having power to effect: causing something: powerful: serviceable.—adv. Effec′tively.—n. Effec′tiveness.—adjs. Effect′less, without effect, useless; Effec′tual, successful in producing the desired effect: (Shak.) decisive.—n. Effectual′ity.—adv. Effec′tually.—v.t. Effec′tuate, to accomplish.—n. Effectua′tion.—Effectual calling (theol.), the invitation to come to Christ which the elect receive.—For effect, so as to make a telling impression; General effect, the effect produced by a picture, &c., as a whole; Give effect to, to accomplish, perform; In effect, in truth, really: substantially.—Leave no effects, to die without property to bequeath.—Take effect, to begin to operate: to come into force. [Fr.,—L. efficĕre, effectum, to accomplish—ex, out, facĕre, to make.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. effect

    The ability or power to create.

    The effect was positive and easy therefore it was allowed.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effect in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of effect in a Sentence

  1. Maxim Oreshkin:

    These measures will begin to be implemented in the form of additional import duties on American goods in the near future, they will only concern products that have equivalents on the Russian market and will not have a negative effect on macroeconomic indicators.

  2. John Ayers:

    Typically, public health uses top-down strategies. The most effective messages are believed to come from the experts, 'from the top.' The people who know the most about the subject, the people who are paid to sit around and think about the subject, it turns out, though, that if you look at the Sheen effect and if you look at these other examples of organic media events ... that's not the case. These messages, they come from the bottom; they come from ordinary people. People who aren't health experts. Sheen might be a celebrity, but he's not a health expert. Angelina Jolie is not a health expert.

  3. Francesco Papadia:

    While the central scenario is that QE should help on inflation and on (economic) activity, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what the effect should be, there is more uncertainty around it, which doesn't mean that you shouldn't do it because in a cost-benefit calculation not doing it would be even worse.

  4. George Gallup:

    Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.

  5. Claudia Lopes:

    Mass media influences behaviors through a coordination effect. I.e., people want to participate only if the others also participate. Improving knowledge of attitudes is only effective in changing behavior if individuals perceive that others will change with them.

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  • تأثيرArabic
  • нәтижә, һөҙөмтәBashkir
  • ефект, следствие, осъществявам, резултат, извършвамBulgarian
  • efecteCatalan, Valencian
  • účinek, efektCzech
  • effaithWelsh
  • Effekt, Auswirkung, Wirkung, bewirkenGerman
  • πραγματοποίηση, εφφέ, ισχύς, αποτέλεσμα, φαινόμενο, εκτελώ, επίδραση, αποτελώ, φέρνω αποτέλεσμαGreek
  • efikoEsperanto
  • efectuar, efectos especiales, efecto, efectos, vigencia, vigorSpanish
  • اثرPersian
  • vaikutus, efekti, seuraus, voimassaolo, saada aikaan, ilmiö, tavarat, omaisuusFinnish
  • effet, effectuer, effetsFrench
  • èifeachd, toradh, builScottish Gaelic
  • असरHindi
  • երևույթArmenian
  • effettoItalian
  • השפעהHebrew
  • 達成する, 結果, 作用, エフェクター, 影響, 発効, 音響効果, 効果Japanese
  • 効果, 결과, 結果, 효과, 효력Korean
  • iedarbe, efekts, iedarbībaLatvian
  • kawekawenga, rara, pāngaMāori
  • kesan, efekMalay
  • virkningNorwegian
  • bewerkstelligen, effectDutch
  • effekt, forårsakeNorwegian
  • rezultat, efektPolish
  • efeito sonoro, efectivar, efeito, efectuar, efeitos especiaisPortuguese
  • efectRomanian
  • эффект, влияние, воздействие, результатRussian
  • efekt, dojam, ishod, učinak, rezultatSerbo-Croatian
  • učinekSlovene
  • utverka, sätta i verket, effekt, verkställa, resultat, effektuera, sätta igångSwedish
  • madharaSwahili
  • விளைவுTamil
  • etki, sonuç, yürürlük, efektTurkish
  • hiệu ứngVietnamese
  • 影响Chinese

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