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Meaning & Definition of Effect in English

English

Effect

/ɪfɛkt/

noun

1. A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

  • "The magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"
  • "His decision had depressing consequences for business"
  • "He acted very wise after the event"
    synonym:
  • consequence
  • ,
  • effect
  • ,
  • outcome
  • ,
  • result
  • ,
  • event
  • ,
  • issue
  • ,
  • upshot

2. An outward appearance

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • impression
  • ,
  • effect

3. An impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)

  • "He just did it for effect"
    synonym:
  • effect

4. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

    synonym:
  • effect
  • ,
  • essence
  • ,
  • burden
  • ,
  • core
  • ,
  • gist

5. (of a law) having legal validity

  • "The law is still in effect"
    synonym:
  • effect
  • ,
  • force

6. A symptom caused by an illness or a drug

  • "The effects of sleep loss"
  • "The effect of the anesthetic"
    synonym:
  • effect

verb

1. Produce

  • "The scientists set up a shock wave"
    synonym:
  • effect
  • ,
  • effectuate
  • ,
  • set up

2. Act so as to bring into existence

  • "Effect a change"
    synonym:
  • effect

Examples of using

The storm had a serious effect on the economy.
The effect was quite different from what was intended.
CO₂ has a lot to do with the so-called greenhouse effect.