Meaning of EFFECT in English

EFFECT

n.

Pronunciation: i- ' fekt, e-, ē -, ə -

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin effectus, from efficere to bring about, from ex- + facere to make, do ― more at DO

Date: 14th century

1 a : PURPORT , INTENT b : basic meaning : ESSENCE

2 : something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent)

3 : an outward sign : APPEARANCE

4 : ACCOMPLISHMENT , FULFILLMENT

5 : power to bring about a result : INFLUENCE <the content itself of television ⋯ is therefore less important than its effect ― Current Biog. >

6 plural : movable property : GOODS <personal effect s >

7 a : a distinctive impression <the color gives the effect of being warm> b : the creation of a desired impression <her tears were purely for effect > c (1) : something designed to produce a distinctive or desired impression ― usually used in plural (2) plural : SPECIAL EFFECTS

8 : the quality or state of being operative : OPERATION <the law goes into effect next week>

– in effect : in substance : VIRTUALLY <the ⋯ committee agreed to what was in effect a reduction in the hourly wage ― Current Biog. >

– to the effect : with the meaning <issued a statement to the effect that he would resign>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.