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American English: /əˈfɛkt/
British English: /ɪˈfɛkt/

Translation of effect in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (consequence) to have the desired effect
    producir el efecto deseado
    to take effect
    surtir efecto
    did the treatment have any effect?
    ¿surtió efecto el tratamiento?
    she's still feeling the effects of her illness
    todavía se resiente de su enfermedad
    the effects of the recession
    los efectos or las consecuencias de la recesión
    it has had a disastrous effect on exports
    ha tenido nefastas consecuencias para las exportaciones
    the warnings had no effect on him at all
    las advertencias no hicieron mella en él
    this will have an effect on prices
    esto afectará (a) los precios
    it had the effect of increasing output
    tuvo como resultado un aumento de la producción
    to be of little/no effect [formal]
    dar poco/no dar resultado
    I spoke to her repeatedly about it but to no useful effect
    le hablé repetidas veces del tema pero sin ningún resultado or sin conseguir nada
    Example sentences
    • The result has a direct effect on the finished product, which is read by the public.
    • Central to that argument was that cannabis had a different effect from hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin.
    • There are most likely two factors - apart from voter apathy - which have a significant effect on the poll results.
    1.2in effect 1.3 (phenomenon) the Doppler effect
    el efecto de Doppler
    Example sentences
    • Heinrich Hertz discovered the photoelectric effect, so called because it was caused by light rays, in 1887.
    • Atomic beams can act like light waves and exhibit all of the classic wave effects, like interference and refraction.
    • The energies are just right inside stars, thanks to an unusual quantum effect known as a resonance.
  • 2 (impression) the overall effect is one of absolute chaos
    la impresión general es de un caos total
    she wore red to great effect
    causó sensación vestida de rojo
    he only did it for effect
    lo hizo solo para llamar la atención
    Example sentences
    • All very understandable, but the effect on the impressionable minds of our intellectual class has been deleterious.
    • He pointed out that material of that sort could have an effect on impressionable minds.
    • Another marine did his best to sneer and look down his nose, though the effect was hardly impressing.
  • 3 (applicability, operation) to remain in effect
    permanecer vigente or en vigor or en vigencia
    to come into effect, to take effect
    entrar en vigor or en vigencia
    with effect from June 15, it will be compulsory
    a partir del 15 de junio será obligatorio
    I wish to cancel my subscription with immediate effect
    quiero cancelar mi suscripción con efecto inmediato
    to give effect to something [formal]
    hacer efectivo algo
    to put something into effect
    poner en práctica algo
  • 4 (meaning) a statement was issued to the effect that the talks had broken down [formal]
    se hizo público un comunicado en el que se daba a conocer la ruptura de las negociaciones
    he disagreed and wrote me a letter to that effect [formal]
    no estaba de acuerdo y me escribió para manifestármelo
    he said it wasn't true, or words to that effect
    dijo que no era verdad o algo de ese tenor
  • 5
    also: effects plural
    also: special effects
    (Cinema, Television)
    Example sentences
    • There are some great moments in this film featuring multiple directional effects and surround sounds.
    • Those technicians would endeavour to provide the particular sound or lighting effects instructed by the promoter.
    • Several reviews have not been kind to the film's effects, particularly the creatures summoned by the game.
    5.2 (belongings) [formal]
    efectos (masculine plural) [formal]
    personal effects
    Example sentences
    • Then, after that, we had to bring all of her clothes and personal effects out of storage.
    • Packing up his personal effects and bringing them home was the most upsetting thing I've ever had to do.
    • There, he discovers boxes of personal effects, including the pulp literature of his youth.

transitive verb

  • 1
    Example sentences
    • He even stated that he need not name every disease or body part, that God's power was effecting a multitude of cures all over the arena.
    • The acceptances were effected by the execution of the acceptance forms.
    • So the parliament is stacked against any possibility of really effecting the kind of security, peace and economic policies that I believe in.
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