1 /I'fekt/ noun
1 CHANGE/RESULT (C, U) the way in which an event, action, or person changes someone or something
(+ of): the harmful effects of smoking | have an effect on: Inflation is having a disastrous effect on the economy. | have/achieve the desired effect (=produce the result you wanted): The plan failed to achieve the desired effect of diverting traffic from the city. | cause and effect (=something that happens, and the other things that happen as a result of this) —see affect
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 come into effect/take effect if a new law, rule, or system comes into effect, it officially starts: The new tax rates come into effect from April.
4 take effect to start to produce results: The morphine was starting to take effect and the pain eased.
5 in effect used when you are describing what the real situation is, especially when it is different from the way that it seems to be: In effect, our wages will fall by 2%.
6 to good/little effect if you do something to good effect, it is successful and does what you want it to: Pat rubbed the stain frantically with a cloth, but to little effect.
7 to this/that effect used when you are giving the general meaning of what someone says, rather than the exact words: I thought he was wrong and said something to that effect at dinner. | words to that effect: Jim said he was unhappy at work, or words to that effect. | to the effect that: Karl's memo was to the effect that we all needed to think more about marketing possibilities.
8 with immediate effect/with effect from starting to happen immediately, or from a particular date: Hoskins is appointed manager, with immediate effect.
9 IDEA/FEELING (countable usually singular) an idea or feeling that an artist, speaker, book etc tries to make you think of or feel: Turner's paintings give an effect of light. | do sth for effect (=do something deliberately to shock or surprise people)
10 PERSONAL THINGS effects (plural) formal the things that someone owns; belongings: Don's few personal effects were in a suitcase under the bed.
11 FILM effects (plural) unusual or impressive sounds or images that are artificially produced for a film, play, or radio programme
—see also: sound effects, special effect 2 verb (T) formal to make something happen: efforts to effect a reconciliation between the warring factions

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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