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For noun: from Old French effect (French: effet), from Latin effectus, from efficiō (accomplish, complete, effect); see effect as a verb.

For verb: from Latin effectus, perfect passive participle of efficiō (accomplish, complete, do, effect), from ex (out) + faciō (do, make); see fact and cf. affect, infect.





Effect (plural Effects)
  1. The result or outcome of a cause. See usage notes below.
    The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.
  2. Patrono:Film An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")
    The effect of flying was most convincing.
  3. Patrono:Soundeng An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.
    I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious.
  4. Patrono:Soundeng A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.
    I just bought a couple of great effects.
  5. The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.
    The new law will come into effect on the first day of next year.
  6. Patrono:Physics A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.
    Doppler effect
  7. (usually plural) Belongings, usually as personal effects.

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The homophones “affect” and “effect” can both be used as nouns or verbs, but when used as a noun the word affect is limited to uses in the psychology field, and the above definitions for effect are much more common. See also the usage notes as a verb below.

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to Effect (third-person singular simple present Effects, present participle Effecting, simple past and past participle Effected)
  1. To make or bring about; to implement.
    The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders.

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Effect is often confused with “affect”. The latter is used to convey the influence over existing ideas, emotions and entities; the former indicates the manifestation of new or original ideas or entities:

  • “ governing coalitions have effected major changes” indicates that major changes were made as a result of new governing coalitions.
  • “ governing coalitions have affected major changes” indicates that before new governing coalitions, major changes were in place, and that the new governing coalitions had some influence over these existing changes.

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Effect n. (plural Effecten)

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