effect: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (i-fekt'), [key]
- something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
- power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence: His protest had no effect.
- the state of being effective or operative; operation or execution; accomplishment or fulfillment: to bring a plan into effect.
- a mental or emotional impression produced, as by a painting or a speech.
- meaning or sense; purpose or intention: She disapproved of the proposal and wrote to that effect.
- the making of a desired impression: We had the feeling that the big, expensive car was only for effect.
- an illusory phenomenon: a three-dimensional effect.
- a real phenomenon (usually named for its discoverer): the Doppler effect.
- His silence was in effect a confirmation of the rumor.
- for practical purposes; virtually:His silence was in effect a confirmation of the rumor.
- essentially; basically.
- operating or functioning; in force:The plan is now in effect.
- The prescribed medicine failed to take effect.
- to go into operation; begin to function.
- to produce a result:The prescribed medicine failed to take effect.
- to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen: The new machines finally effected the transition to computerized accounting last spring.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.