ef|fect1 W1S1 [ıˈfekt] n
2 put/bring something into effect
3 take effect
5 with immediate effect/with effect from
6 in effect
7 to good/great/no etc effect
8 to this/that/the effect
10 for effect
11¦(personal possessions)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin effectus, past participle of efficere 'to cause to happen']
1.) ¦(CHANGE/RESULT)¦ [U and C]
the way in which an event, action, or person changes someone or something
effect on
My parents' divorce had a big effect on me.
effect of
the harmful effects of modern farming practices
the long-term effects of the drug
I could feel the effects of the thin mountain air.
This ingredient also has the effect of making your skin look younger.
A system failure has a knock-on effect throughout the whole hotel.
the cumulative effect of human activities on the global environment
A much lower dose of the painkiller can still produce the desired effect .
In mental illness, there is a complex relationship between cause and effect .
2.) put/bring sth into effect
to make a plan or idea happen
It won't be easy to put the changes into effect.
3.) take effect
to start to produce results
The morphine was starting to take effect and the pain eased.
4.) ¦(LAW/RULE)¦
a) take effect/come into effect
if a law, rule, or system takes effect or comes into effect, it officially starts
b) be in effect
if a law, rule, or system is in effect, it is being used now
5.) with immediate effect/with effect from
formal starting to happen immediately, or from a particular date
Hoskins is appointed manager, with immediate effect.
6.) in effect
used when you are describing what you see as the real facts of a situation
In effect, we'll be earning less than we were last year.
7.) to good/great/no etc effect
used to show how successful an action is
We tried to wake him, but to no effect.
8.) to this/that/the effect
used when you are giving the general meaning of something, rather than the exact words
Jim told me to go away, or words to that effect .
The letter said something to the effect that she was no longer needed.
9.) ¦(IDEA/FEELING)¦ [C usually singular]
an idea or feeling that an artist, speaker, book etc tries to make you think of or to feel
effect of
Turner's paintings give an effect of light.
10.) for effect
if someone does something for effect, they do it in order to make people notice
She paused for effect, then carried on speaking.
effects [plural] formal
the things that someone owns
Don's few personal effects were in a suitcase under the bed.
12.) ¦(FILM)¦ [C usually plural]
an unusual or impressive sound or image that is artificially produced for a film, play, or radio programme
COLLOCATES for sense 1
have an effect (on somebody/something)
big/major/profound/significant/dramatic effect
bad/harmful/negative/damaging/detrimental/adverse effect
beneficial/positive effect
long-term effect
feel the effect (of something)
knock-on-effect British English (=an effect caused by the thing that happened before)
cumulative effect (=the effect of many things happening one after another)
the desired effect (=the effect you wanted)
cause and effect (=one thing directly causing the other)
effect 2
effect2 v [T]
formal to make something happen
Many parents lack confidence in their ability to effect change in their children's behaviour.
HINT sense 1
Do not confuse with the verb affect (=to have an effect on something).

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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