|1.||[ noun ] a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon|
|Synonyms:||result consequence outcome upshot issue event|
"the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise" "his decision had depressing consequences for business" "he acted very wise after the event"
|Related terms:||phenomenon product change response impact aftermath by-product influence offspring dent aftereffect spillover side_effect coriolis_effect knock-on_effect harvest coattails_effect butterfly_effect domino_effect placebo_effect bandwagon_effect position_effect outgrowth repercussion brisance eventuate|
|2.||[ noun ] an outward appearance|
"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"
|Related terms:||appearance figure mark tout_ensemble|
|3.||[ verb ] cause to happen or occur|
|Synonyms:||bring_about set_up effectuate|
"The scientists set up a shockwave"
|Related terms:||cause carry_through serve induce precipitate draw implementation effecter anticipate happen|
|4.||[ noun ] an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)|
"he just did it for effect"
|Related terms:||impression special_effect sound_effect|
|5.||[ noun ] (medicine) a symptom caused by an illness or a drug|
"the effects of sleep loss" "the effect of the anesthetic"
|Related terms:||symptom bummer side_effect aftereffect|
|6.||[ noun ] (of a law) having legal validity|
"the law is still in effect"
|Related terms:||validity law|
|7.||[ noun ] the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work|
|Synonyms:||burden core gist essence|
|8.||[ verb ] act so as to bring about|
"effect a change"
|Related terms:||act carry bring_to_bear practice backdate consequence|