Meaning of EFFECT in English

■ noun

1》 a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.

↘an impression produced in a person's mind: his words had a soothing ~.

2》 the state of being or becoming operative: the law came into ~.

↘the extent to which something succeeds or is operative.

3》 ( ~s ) the lighting, sound, or scenery used in a play or film.

4》 ( ~s ) personal belongings.

5》 Physics a physical phenomenon, typically named after its discoverer: the Coriolis ~.

■ verb cause to happen; bring about.


for ~ in order to impress people.

in ~ in practice, even if not formally acknowledged.

to the ~ that the general sense or meaning of something written or spoken being.

to that ~ having the result or meaning specified.


ME: from OFr., or from L. ~us , from ~- , efficere 'accomplish'.


On the confusion of ~ with affect , see affect 1 .

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