Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring about; effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be the cause of something.
  • v. To bring about something; to effect or execute something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring to pass; to effect; to achieve; to accomplish; to fulfill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring to pass; accomplish; achieve; effect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. produce

Etymologies

Medieval Latin effectuāre, effectuāt-, from Latin effectus, an effect; see effect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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