Definition of "effect" []

  • Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result. (noun)
  • The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence: The drug had an immediate effect on the pain. The government's action had no effect on the trade imbalance. (noun)
  • A scientific law, hypothesis, or phenomenon: the photovoltaic effect. (noun)
  • Advantage; avail: used her words to great effect in influencing the jury. (noun)
  • The condition of being in full force or execution: a new regulation that goes into effect tomorrow. (noun)
  • Something that is produced by a cause or agent; result (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Power or ability to influence or produce a result; efficacy (noun)
  • The condition of being operative (esp in the phrases in or into effect) (noun)
  • Basic meaning or purpose (esp in the phrase to that effect) (noun)
  • An impression, usually one that is artificial or contrived (esp in the phrase for effect) (noun)
  • A scientific phenomenon (noun)
  • The overall impression or result (noun)
  • To cause to occur; bring about; accomplish (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "effect" in a sentence
  • "So it is deemed better to classify in accordance with the function or effect it is known a means _must_ perform or accomplish than in accordance with the _object_ with respect to which an act or acts are directed or in accordance with some _effect_ which may or may not result."
  • "An effect being _defined_ as something subsequent to its cause, obviously we can have no _effect_ upon the past."
  • "The Cause of any event, then, when exactly ascertainable, has five marks: it is (quantitatively) _equal_ to the effect, and (qualitatively) _the immediate, unconditional, invariable antecedent of the effect_."