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effect

ef·fect

effect

 
 
pronunciation:
ih fekt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
in effect, take effect
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something produced or brought on by something else.
The effects of not sleeping are fatigue and inattention.The wine was beginning to have an effect on her.
synonyms:
consequence, result
antonyms:
cause
similar words:
aftereffect, aftermath, backwash, by-product, conclusion, fallout, impact, issue, outcome, outgrowth, reaction, repercussion, upshot
definition 2: ability to bring about a change or result.
The aspirin had no effect.
synonyms:
impact, influence
similar words:
action, efficacy, force, potency, power, strength, weight
definition 3: the state of being operative.
The new law goes into effect tomorrow.
synonyms:
operation
similar words:
action, execution, force
definition 4: an impression or feeling.
The effect created by the sunrise was one of tranquility.The peach-colored walls gave the room a warm effect.
synonyms:
impression
similar words:
feeling, impact, sensation
definition 5: main meaning.
He wrote an editorial to that effect.
synonyms:
end, object, purpose
similar words:
drift, gist, import, intent, intention, meaning, purport, significance, tenor
definition 6: (plural) movable property, esp. that which is left behind by someone.
The soldier's personal effects were sent back to his wife.The police found the suspect's room to be nearly empty of any personal effects.
definition 7: (plural) sounds or visual images that are used to produce an effect on a listener or spectator, especially those used in film, television, sound recording, and the like to create visual or auditory illusions or elicit a heightened experience.
The sound effects made that scene with the space ship really believable.
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phrase: in effect
phrase: take effect
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: effected, effecting, effects
definition: to bring into being or operation; cause to happen.
As a politician, she worked to effect change.
synonyms:
cause, effectuate, make, realize
similar words:
accomplish, achieve, bring, create, do, execute, fulfill, give rise to, perform, procure, produce, work
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effect or affect?
Affect means to have an influence on something. Effect, in the most common way we use it, is the result of some influence. Affect is a verb, and effect in this sense is a noun.
Compare:
  • That experience affected me very much.
  • That experience had a strong effect on me.
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