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effect - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'effect' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Effect [ n.]
- Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.
- Manifestation; expression; sign.
- 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.
- Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
- Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect.
- Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to.
- The purport; the sum and substance.
- Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
- Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects.
2 . Effect [ v. t.]
- To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
- To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.

Meaning of 'effect' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . effect [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
Example in sentence:
  • he acted very wise after the event;
  • his decision had depressing consequences for business;
  • the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
Meaning (2):
- an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
Example in sentence:
  • he just did it for effect
Meaning (3):
- an outward appearance
Example in sentence:
  • 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
Meaning (4):
- a symptom caused by an illness or a drug
Example in sentence:
  • the effect of the anesthetic;
  • the effects of sleep loss
Meaning (5):
- (of a law) having legal validity
Example in sentence:
  • the law is still in effect
6 . effect [ v]
Meaning (6):
- act so as to bring into existence
Example in sentence:
  • effect a change
Meaning (7):
- produce
Example in sentence:
  • The scientists set up a shock wave