- 1A change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause: the lethal effects of hard drugs politicians really do have some effect on the lives of ordinary peopleMore 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.
- 1.1The state of being or becoming operative.More example sentences
- Controversial proposals to switch the school year from three terms to six are now virtually certain to take effect across Hampshire.
- The revisions take effect from this week, says a bank press release.
- The parameters of the agreement are due to be specified by mid-April so that the agreement can take effect in late April.
- 1.2The extent to which something succeeds or is operative: wind power can be used to great effectMore example sentences
- The marches that take place occasionally against crime are meaningless and of no effect.
- Lessons from history teach us that during wars all civil laws are made of no effect.
- The central bank has previously attempted to tried to keep pace with inflation by issuing banknotes, with little effect.
- 1.3 [with modifier] Physics A physical phenomenon, typically named after its discoverer: the Doppler effectMore 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.
- 1.4An impression produced in the mind of a person: gentle music can have a soothing effectMore 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.
- 2 (effects) The lighting, sound, or scenery used in a play, movie, or broadcast: the production relied too much on spectacular effectsMore 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.
- 3 (effects) Personal belongings: the insurance covers personal effectsMore 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.
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- Cause (something) to happen; bring about: nature always effected a cure budget cuts that were quietly effected over four yearsMore 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.
come into effect
- Become operative; start to apply: similar legislation came into effect in Wales on the same date the Kyoto Protocol officially came into effect last weekMore example sentences
- Thirty two years ago, Majority Rule came into effect.
- The new rule by the order of Franciscan monks in Croatia comes into effect from this weekend.
- The ban on fox hunting with dogs finally comes into effect.
- In order to impress people: I suspect he’s controversial for effectMore example sentences
- So many writers in this country are just working for effect and impressions as opposed to good, solid narrative.
- But most of what they do is minimal in terms of harm while maximising a particular impression for effect.
- If anything, he should be brought in wearing prison garb, perhaps in shackles, just for effect.
- In operation; in force: a moratorium in effect since 1985 has been liftedMore example sentences
- My computer is informing me that legal locks are in effect and I can't fire my gun.
- I find that she was fully aware that the contract was in effect and binding on her.
- Stephenson, on the other hand, thought that a contract must be in effect during the transfer.
- Used to convey that something is the case in practice even if it is not formally acknowledged to be so: additional payments that are in effect an entrance taxMore example sentences
- To adopt the petitioner's approach allows me to in effect reassess the costs of the motion.
- There was no argument about that, that it was not a payment, in effect, by the company.
- An inflexible rule protecting such uses would in effect allow the creation of servitudes.
put (or bring or carry) something into effect
- Cause something to apply or become operative: they succeeded in putting their strategies into effectMore example sentences
- Legislatures from Hawaii to Massachusetts to North Carolina are taking serious steps toward putting Election Day registration into effect.
- Your Executors are responsible for making sure your Will is put into effect.
- Sentence of death by fire was given on October 26th, to be carried into effect on the following day.
- Become operative; start to apply: the ban is to take effect in six monthsMore example sentences
- The plan calls for most of the changes to take effect May 1.
- New Hampshire's law legalizing gay marriage took effect Friday.
- The order for forced time off takes effect next Friday.
to the effect that
- Used to refer to the general sense of something written or spoken: some comments to the effect that my essay was a little light on analysisMore example sentences
- Somwhere on this chain a comment was made to the effect that we were becoming a service oriented economy.
- I've left a comment to the effect that I can't see how they'd be much use in moving people around a city.
- There's a Japanese saying to the effect that if you do a favor for someone you must humbly apologize, because you have caused them to lose face.
to that effect
- Having that result, purpose, or meaning: she thought it a foolish rule and put a notice to that effect in a newspaperMore example sentences
- Also shops and other organisations offering a discount should be displaying a notice to that effect.
- We have received notice to that effect and I am just looking at the transcript of the last occasion.
- If he elects to become the holder he shall give notice to the company to that effect.
late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin effectus, from efficere 'accomplish', from ex- 'out, thoroughly' + facere 'do, make'. sense 3 of the noun, 'personal belongings', arose from the obsolete sense 'something acquired on completion of an action'.
For the differences in use between effect and affect, see affect1 (usage).