Definitions for: Effect

[n] 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"
[n] (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"
[n] an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); "he just did it for effect"
[n] the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
[n] 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"
[n] a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"
[v] cause to happen or occur; "The scientists set up a shockwave"
[v] act so as to bring about; "effect a change"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ef*fect", n. [L. effectus, fr. efficere, effectum, to
effect; ex + facere to make: cf. F. effet, formerly also
spelled effect. See Fact.]
1. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the
law goes into effect in May.

That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my
fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and
it. --Shak.

2. Manifestation; expression; sign.

All the large effects That troop with majesty.

3. 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.

The effect is the unfailing index of the amount of
the cause. --Whewell.

4. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.

Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect.
--J. C.

The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely
nature of the place. --W. Irving.

5. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance;
account; as, to speak with effect.

6. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; --
with to.

They spake to her to that effect. --2 Chron.
xxxiv. 22.

7. The purport; the sum and substance. ``The effect of his
intent.'' --Chaucer.

8. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere

No other in effect than what it seems. --Denham.

9. pl. Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to
embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people
escaped from the town with their effects.

For effect, for an exaggerated impression or excitement.

In effect, in fact; in substance. See 8, above.

Of no effect, Of none effect, To no effect, or {Without
effect}, destitute of results, validity, force, and the like;
vain; fruitless. ``Making the word of God of none effect
through your tradition.'' --Mark vii. 13. ``All my study
be to no effect.'' --Shak.

To give effect to, to make valid; to carry out in practice;
to push to its results.

To take effect, to become operative, to accomplish aims.

Syn: Effect, Consequence, Result.

Usage: These words indicate things which arise out of some
antecedent, or follow as a consequent. Effect, which
may be regarded as the generic term, denotes that
which springs directly from something which can
properly be termed a cause. A consequence is more
remote, not being strictly caused, nor yet a mere
sequence, but following out of and following
indirectly, or in the train of events, something on
which it truly depends. A result is still more remote
and variable, like the rebound of an elastic body
which falls in very different directions. We may
foresee the effects of a measure, may conjecture its
consequences, but can rarely discover its final

Resolving all events, with their effects And
manifold results, into the will And arbitration
wise of the Supreme. --Cowper.

Shun the bitter consequence, for know, The day
thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt die.

Ef*fect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effected; p. pr. & vb.
n. Effecting.]
1. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.

So great a body such exploits to effect. --Daniel.

2. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to

To effect that which the divine counsels had
decreed. --Bp. Hurd.

They sailed away without effecting their purpose.
--Jowett (Th.

Syn: To accomplish; fulfill; achieve; complete; execute;
perform; attain. See Accomplish.

Synonyms: bring about, burden, consequence, core, effectuate, essence, event, force, gist, impression, issue, outcome, result, set up, upshot

See Also: accomplish, act, aftereffect, aftereffect, aftermath, appearance, backdate, backwash, belief, branch, bring to bear, brisance, bummer, butterfly effect, byproduct, by-product, carry, carry out, carry through, cause, change, coattails, coattails effect, come about, Coriolis effect, dent, do, draw, execute, execute, feeling, figure, fulfil, fulfill, get, go on, hap, happen, harvest, hasten, impact, import, impression, induce, influence, knock-on effect, make, mark, materialisation, materialization, meaning, move, notion, occur, offset, offshoot, offspring, opinion, outgrowth, pass, pass off, phenomenon, placebo effect, position effect, precipitate, product, repercussion, response, reverberation, rush, serve, side effect, side effect, significance, signification, sound effect, special effect, spillover, stimulate, symptom, take place, tout ensemble, validity, validness, visual aspect, wake

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