effect

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[Ef*fect·]

Effect is the result of an action, as in those “cause and effect” papers you might write in English class. Your topic could be how your late night tuba playing (cause) has driven your roommate insane (effect).

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

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"

Noun
(of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"

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an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); "he just did it for effect"

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the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

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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"

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Noun
a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"

Verb
produce; "The scientists set up a shockwave"

Verb
act so as to bring into existence; "effect a change"


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

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Manifestation; expression; sign.

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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.

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Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.

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

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Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to.

n.
The purport; the sum and substance.

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Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.

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

v. t.
To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.

v. t.
To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.


Effect

Ef*fect" , n. [L. effectus, fr. efficere, effectum, to effect; ex + facere to make: cf. F. effet, formerly also spelled effect. See Fact.] 1. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.
That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it.
2. Manifestation; expression; sign.
All the large effects That troop with majesty.
3. 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.
The effect is the unfailing index of the amount of the cause.
4. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect.
The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely nature of the place.
5. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect. 6. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to.
They spake to her to that effect.
7. The purport; the sum and substance. "The effect of his intent." Chaucer. 8. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
No other in effect than what it seems.
9. pl. Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects. For effect, for an exaggerated impression or excitement. -- In effect, in fact; in substance. See 8, above. -- Of no effect, Of none effect, To no effect, ∨ Without effect, destitute of results, validity, force, and the like; vain; fruitless. "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition." Mark vii. 13. "All my study be to no effect." Shak. -- To give effect to, to make valid; to carry out in practice; to push to its results. -- To take effect, to become operative, to accomplish aims. Shak. Syn. -- Effect, Consequence, Result. These words indicate things which arise out of some antecedent, or follow as a consequent. Effect, which may be regarded as the generic term, denotes that which springs directly from something which can properly be termed a cause. A consequence is more remote, not being strictly caused, nor yet a mere sequence, but following out of and following indirectly, or in the train of events, something on which it truly depends. A result is still more remote and variable, like the rebound of an elastic body which falls in very different directions. We may foresee the effects of a measure, may conjecture its consequences, but can rarely discover its final results.
Resolving all events, with their effects And manifold results, into the will And arbitration wise of the Supreme.
Shun the bitter consequence, for know, The day thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt die.

Effect

Ef*fect" , v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effected; p. pr. & vb. n. Effecting.] 1. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
So great a body such exploits to effect.
2. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.
To effect that which the divine counsels had decreed.
They sailed away without effecting their purpose.
Syn. -- To accomplish; fulfill; achieve; complete; execute; perform; attain. See Accomplish.

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

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

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Usage Examples

Grace in women has more effect than beauty.

Consider the perverse effect cap and trade has on altruistic actions. Say you decide to buy a small, high-efficiency car. That reduces your emissions, but not your country's. Instead it allows somebody else to buy a bigger S.U.V. - because the total emissions are set by the cap.

Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that's a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

Growing up, I saw my dad do charity work for children with health issues. That had a profound effect on me.

As children we recognized that we belonged to an unusual, even exceptional, family, but the effect was different on each of us.

Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.

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Other Usage Examples

All the legal action I've taken against newspapers has had a massively positive effect on my life and achieved exactly what I wanted, which is privacy and non-harassment.

Great classic music that I've been turned on to has not only inspired and influenced me, but it has had an effect on my songwriting.

'Charm' - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force - is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.

Because the sad fact is that the Enron Corporation and others manipulated with unfortunately great effect the energy market in the West Coast starting in 2000.

Affirmative action has a negative effect on our society when it means counting us like so many beans and dividing us into separate piles.

Every time new technology is introduced, especially involving reproduction, you get the 'yuck' effect.

As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another.

Close your bodily eye, that you may see your picture first with the eye of the spirit. Then bring to light what you have seen in the darkness, that its effect may work back, from without to within.

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