Effect

Definition of Effect

Ef`fect´
n.1.Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it.
- Shak.
2.Manifestation; expression; sign.
All the large effects
That troop with majesty.
- Shak.
3.In general: That which is produced by an agent or cause; the event which follows immediately from an antecedent, called the cause; result; consequence; outcome; fruit; as, the effect of luxury.
The effect is the unfailing index of the amount of the cause.
- Whewell.
4.Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect.
- J. C. Shairp.
The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely nature of the place.
- W. Irving.
5.Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect.
6.Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; - with to.
They spake to her to that effect.
- 2 Chron. xxxiv. 22.
7.The purport; the sum and substance.
8.Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
No other in effect than what it seems.
- Denham.
9.Goods; movables; personal estate; - sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects.
For effect
for an exaggerated impression or excitement.
In effect
in fact; in substance. See 8, above.
Of no effect
destitute of results, validity, force, and the like; vain; fruitless.
To give effect to
to make valid; to carry out in practice; to push to its results.
- Mark vii. 13.
To take effect
to become operative, to accomplish aims.
- Shak.
Resolving all events, with their effects
And manifold results, into the will
And arbitration wise of the Supreme.
- Cowper.
Shun the bitter consequence, for know,
The day thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt die.
- Milton.
v. t.1.To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
[imp. & p. p. Effected; p. pr. & vb. n. Effecting.]
So great a body such exploits to effect.
- Daniel.
2.To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.
To effect that which the divine counsels had decreed.
- Bp. Hurd.
They sailed away without effecting their purpose.
- Jowett (Th. ).

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