from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
- n. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence: The drug had an immediate effect on the pain. The government's action had no effect on the trade imbalance.
- n. A scientific law, hypothesis, or phenomenon: the photovoltaic effect.
- n. Advantage; avail: used her words to great effect in influencing the jury.
- n. The condition of being in full force or execution: a new regulation that goes into effect tomorrow.
- n. Something that produces a specific impression or supports a general design or intention: The lighting effects emphasized the harsh atmosphere of the drama.
- n. A particular impression: large windows that gave an effect of spaciousness.
- n. Production of a desired impression: spent lavishly on dinner just for effect.
- n. The basic or general meaning; import: He said he was greatly worried, or words to that effect.
- n. Movable belongings; goods.
- transitive v. To bring into existence.
- transitive v. To produce as a result.
- transitive v. To bring about. See Usage Note at affect1.
- idiom in effect In essence; to all purposes: testimony that in effect contradicted her earlier statement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The result or outcome of a cause. See usage notes below.
- n. An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")
- n. An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.
- n. A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.
- n. The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.
- n. A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.
- n. Belongings, usually as personal effects.
- v. To make or bring about; to implement.
- v. Common misspelling of affect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Execution; performance; realization; operation.
- n. Manifestation; expression; sign.
- n. 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.
- n. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
- n. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account.
- n. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to.
- n. The purport; the sum and substance.
- n. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
- n. Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property.
- transitive v. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
- transitive v. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce as a result; be the cause or agent of; bring about; make actual; achieve: as, to effect a political revolution, or a change of government.
- To bring to a desired end; bring to pass; execute; accomplish; fulfil: as, to effect a purpose, or one's desires.
- Synonyms To realize, fulfil, complete, compass, consummate; Affect, Effect. See affect.
- Execute, Accomplish, etc. See perform.
- n. That which is effected by an efficient cause; a consequent; more generally, the result of any kind of cause except a final cause: as, the effect of heat.
- n. Power to produce consequnces or results; force; validity; account: as, the obligation is void and of no effect.
- n. Purport; import or general intent: as, he immediately wrote to that effect; his speech was to the effect that, etc.
- n. A state or course of accomplishment or fulfilment; effectuation; achievement; operation: as, to bring a plan into effect; the medicine soon took effect.
- n. Actual fact; reality; not mere appearance: preceded by in.
- n. Mental impression; general result upon the mind of what is apprehended by any of the faculties: as, the effect of a view, or of a picture.
- n. pl. [After F. effets, effects, chattels, effets mobiliers, movable property; cf. effect, a bill, bill of exchange, effets publics, stocks, funds.] Goods; movables; personal estate.
- n. The conclusion; the dénouement of a story.
- n. Goods, Chattels, etc. See property.
- n. In art, an accidental or unusual combination of colors, lights, or forms which especially excite the interest of a painter and form a suitable motive or key in painting or etching.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act so as to bring into existence
- n. a symptom caused by an illness or a drug
- n. an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
- n. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
- n. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
- n. (of a law) having legal validity
- n. an outward appearance
- v. produce
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin effectus, from past participle of efficere, to accomplish : ex-, ex- + facere, to make.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
For noun: from Old French effet (French: effet), from Latin effectus, from efficiō ("accomplish, complete, effect"); see effect as a verb. (Wiktionary)