What is the meaning of effect?


  • A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon.
    • usage: "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
  • An outward appearance.
    • usage: "he made a good impression"; "I wanted to create an impression of success"; "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"
  • An impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived. )
    • usage: "he just did it for effect"
  • The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work.
  • Of a law. ( having legal validity)
    • usage: "the law is still in effect"
  • A symptom caused by an illness or a drug.
    • usage: "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"


  • Produce.
    • usage: "The scientists set up a shock wave"
  • Act so as to bring into existence.
    • usage: "effect a change"
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