effect
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin effectus, from efficere to bring about, from ex- + facere to make, do — more at do Date: 14th century 1. a. purport, intent b. basic meaning ; essence 2. something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent) 3. an outward sign ; appearance 4. accomplishment, fulfillment 5. power to bring about a result ; influence <
the content itself of television…is therefore less important than its effectCurrent Biography
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6. plural movable property ; goods <
personal effects
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7. a. a distinctive impression <
the color gives the effect of being warm
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b. the creation of a desired impression <
her tears were purely for effect
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c. (1) something designed to produce a distinctive or desired impression — usually used in plural (2) plural special effects 8. the quality or state of being operative ; operation <
the law goes into effect next week
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II. transitive verb Date: 1533 1. to cause to come into being 2. a. to bring about often by surmounting obstacles ; accomplish <
effect a settlement of a dispute
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b. to put into operation <
the duty of the legislature to effect the will of the citizens
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Synonyms: see perform Usage: Effect and affect are often confused because of their similar spelling and pronunciation. The verb 2affect usually has to do with pretense <
she affected a cheery disposition despite feeling down
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. The more common 3affect denotes having an effect or influence <
the weather affected everyone's mood
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. The verb effect goes beyond mere influence; it refers to actual achievement of a final result <
the new administration hopes to effect a peace settlement
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. The uncommon noun affect, which has a meaning relating to psychology, is also sometimes mistakenly used for the very common effect. In ordinary use, the noun you will want is effect <
waiting for the new law to take effect
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the weather had an effect on everyone's mood
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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