• Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
  • (sound engineering) A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.

    "I just bought a couple of great effects."

  • (physics, psychology, etc.) A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.

    "Doppler effect"

  • (obsolete) Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
  • The result or outcome of a cause.

    "The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape."

  • (sound engineering) An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.

    "I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious."

  • (uncountable) The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.

    "The new law will come into effect on the first day of next year."

  • Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; with to.
  • (cinematography) An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")

    "The effect of flying was most convincing."

  • Execution; performance; realization; operation.
  • (chiefly in the plural) Belongings, usually as personal effects.
  • (obsolete) Manifestation; expression; sign.


  • Misspelling of affect.
  • To make or bring about; to implement.

    "The best way to effect change is to work with existing stakeholders."

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