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effect

ef·fect

effect

 
 
pronunciation:
ih fekt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
in effect, take effect
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something produced by a cause.
The effect of the snow storm was a day off from school.
synonyms:
consequence, result
antonyms:
cause
similar words:
by-product, conclusion, fallout, impact, issue, outcome, reaction
definition 2: ability to bring about a result.
A day at the beach has the effect of calming me.
synonyms:
impact, influence
similar words:
action, force, power, strength, weight
definition 3: the state of being in force.
The new rules go into effect tomorrow.
synonyms:
operation
similar words:
action, execution, force
phrase: in effect
phrase: take effect
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: effected, effecting, effects
definition: to bring into operation; cause to happen.
He worked to effect change in local government.
synonyms:
cause, make, realize
similar words:
accomplish, achieve, bring, create, do, execute, fulfill, perform, produce, work
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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