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From Old French effect (French: effet), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] effectus

Noun

Singular
effect

Plural
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  1. The result or outcome of a cause. See usage notes below.
    The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.
  2. (filmology) An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")
    The effect of flying was most convincing.
  3. (sound engineering) An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.
    I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious.
  4. (sound engineering) A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.
    I just bought a couple of great effects.
  5. The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.
    The new law will come into effect on the first day of next year.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Belongings, usually as personal effects.

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Verb

Infinitive
to effect

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to effect (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To make or bring about; to implement.
    The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders.

Usage notes

Effect is often confused with “affect”. The latter is used to convey the influence over existing ideas, emotions and entities; the former indicates the manifestation of new or original ideas or entities:

  • “...new governing coalitions have effected major changes” indicates that major changes were made as a result of new governing coalitions.
  • “...new governing coalitions have affected major changes” indicates that before new governing coalitions, major changes were in place, and that the new governing coalitions had some influence over these existing changes.

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