Effect - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈfekt|  American pronunciation of the word effect
Brit.  |ɪˈfɛkt|  British pronunciation of the word effect


- a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon(syn: consequence, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot)
- an outward appearance(syn: impression)
- an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
- the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work (syn: burden, core, essence, gist)
- (of a law) having legal validity(syn: force)
- a symptom caused by an illness or a drug


- produce (syn: effectuate)
- act so as to bring into existence


He now needs more of the drug to achieve the same effect.

The experience has had a bad effect on him.

Computers have had a profound effect on our lives.

The effects of the drug soon wore off.

This treatment causes fewer ill effects.

The change in policy had little effect on most people.

He was able to stop taking the drug without ill effect.

The total effect of the painting was one of gloom.

The color gives the effect of being warm.

He achieves amazing effects with wood.

They are trying to effect a settlement of the dispute.

The duty of the legislature is to effect the will of the people.

Nature begins from causes, and thence descends to effects.

I feel the effect of the narcotic.

A law was made but it had little effect.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: effect
he/she/it: effects
present participle: effecting
past tense: effected
past participle: effected
singular: effect
plural: effects
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