Definitions of effect

  1. cause to happen or occur; " The scientists set up a shockwave"
  2. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  3. 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"
  4. act so as to bring about; " effect a change"
  5. ( of a law) having legal validity; " the law is still in effect"
  6. an impression ( especially one that is artificial or contrived); " he just did it for effect"
  7. a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; " the effects of sleep loss"; " the effect of the anesthetic"
  8. produce; " The scientists set up a shockwave"
  9. act so as to bring into existence; " effect a change"
  10. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.
  11. Manifestation; expression; sign.
  12. 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.
  13. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
  14. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect.
  15. The purport; the sum and substance.
  16. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
  17. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
  18. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.
  19. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; - with to.
  20. Goods; movables; personal estate; - sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects.
  21. To produce as a cause, consequence, or result; accomplish; bring about.
  22. Result; purpose; impression.
  23. That which is produced by an operating agent or cause: the result or consequence of the application of a cause or of the action of an agent on some subject: consequence: result: as, the effect of luxury, of intemperance, of cold, etc.: he spoke with great effect: the effect of this war was the breaking up of the kingdom. " Effect is the substance produced, or simple idea introduced into any subject by the exerting of power."- Locke. Power to- produce consequences or results: force: validity: importance: account: as, the obligation is void and of no effect. " Christ is become of no effect to you."- Gal. v. 4. Purport: tenor: import or general intent: as, he made the purchase for his friend, and immediately wrote him to that effect: his speech was to the effect that, etc.: completion: perfection. " Not so worthily to be brought to heroical effect by fortune or necessity."- Sir P. Sidney. Reality: not mere appearance: fact: substance. " No other in effect than what it seems."- Denham. " To say of a celebrated piece that there are faults in it, is, in effect, to say the author is a man."- Addison. The impression produced on the mind, as by natural scenery, a picture, musical composition, or other work or art, by the object as a whole, before its details are examined: the ensemble or general result of all the qualities of a work of art. " The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely nature of the place."- W. Irving. ( pl.) Goods: movables: personal estate: as, the people escaped from the iown with their effects.
  24. Something done; result; operation; impression.
  25. To accomplish; bring to pass.
  26. To cause; product; achieve; accomplish.
  27. Aresult; product; consequence.
  28. The substance of a statement; gist.
  29. Fact or reality; following in.
  30. Movable goods.
  31. That which is produced by an agent or cause; consequence; intent; advantage; force or validity; completion; reality; fact; general impression; goods; movables; personal estate; truthful imitation, heightened and made more impressive chiefly by the artifices of light, shade, and colour; that impression which a composition makes on the car and mind, in performance.
  32. To produce; to cause to be; to accomplish or achieve. For effect, for the purpose of heightening or exaggerating.
  33. Result or consequence of a cause or agent; consequence; result; impression produced by certain combinations, as in a picture.
  34. To produce; to bring to pass; to accomplish.

Usage examples for effect

  1. It remained to be seen what the effect would be upon us. – Byeways in Palestine by James Finn
  2. There can be no effect without a cause. – Elsie's Womanhood by Martha Finley
  3. A separate expansion valve is a valve employed to effect the cut off and vary the expansion. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  4. And to what effect? – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. I've given him a pretty straight warning, though Heaven alone knows what effect it will have." – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  6. He had told her he would be there, if she had occasion to call him; but now, what he wanted to effect would take some time, nearly half an hour perhaps. – The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  7. Strange, however, was the effect on Henry Ashley. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  8. She knew nothing- then; and he was afraid of its effect upon her. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  9. The effect is seen in the uniform excellence of his work. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  10. And nothing I can say will have the least effect on you? – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  11. St. George hardly knew what effect his words had. – Romance Island by Zona Gale
  12. Its effect will be the same as later. – Human Error by Raymond F. Jones
  13. His words had a certain effect upon me, and his manner perhaps more. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  14. Every chap on the team resolved to make a run or die in the attempt, and Reddy could see that his speech had had some effect. – Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball by J. W. Duffield
  15. The first blow failed in its intended effect. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. " I can and I will effect it," replied Mr. Fanshaw. – All's for the Best by T. S. Arthur
  17. I'm going to take you up with me, for the sake of the effect of that face of yours, looking the way it does right now. – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  18. The next day the merchant's son sent word to his mother to the effect that he would like to get married. – Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day