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  
  2. effect

    The feeling produced by a specific cause

    The effect of the new Socialist Unity Government is amazing, the people are singing and dancing together with unity and gratitude in the streets all across the country

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2021  

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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How to say effect in sign language?

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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. Per Hammarlund:

    There are two things that will need to hold back growth – the rate hike, which will subdue credit growth - financial conditions have tightened markedly in Turkey, and that will have a dampening effect on growth.

  2. Frederick Douglas:

    It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though perhaps a meretricious, effect.

  3. Ernest Loumaye:

    The innovative solutions we are developing can potentially help resolve some of the obstacles by offering orally active medications with fast onset therapeutic effect and fewer side effects.

  4. Tom Derry:

    The full effect of the General Motors strike will be felt in the October data.

  5. John Sopko:

    Although not all such attacks are expressly prohibited by the text, U.S. officials had said they expected the level of violence to remain low after the agreement came into effect.

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Translations for effect

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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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