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effect - Dictionary definition and meaning for word effect

Definition
(noun) a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
Synonyms : consequence , event , issue , outcome , result , upshot
Example Sentence
  • the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
  • his decision had depressing consequences for business
  • he acted very wise after the event

Definition
(noun) an outward appearance
Synonyms : impression
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(noun) an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
Example Sentence
  • he just did it for effect

Definition
(noun) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
Synonyms : burden , core , essence , gist

Definition
(noun) (of a law) having legal validity
Synonyms : force
Example Sentence
  • the law is still in effect

Definition
(noun) a symptom caused by an illness or a drug
Example Sentence
  • the effects of sleep loss
  • the effect of the anesthetic

Definition
(verb) produce
Synonyms : effectuate , set up
Example Sentence
  • The scientists set up a shock wave

Definition
(verb) act so as to bring into existence
Example Sentence
  • effect a change

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