(noun, verb)


1. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

- the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise

Similar word(s): consequence, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

Definition categories: phenomenon

2. an outward appearance

- she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting

Similar word(s): impression

Definition categories: attribute, appearance

3. an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)

- he just did it for effect

Definition categories: thought, belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion

4. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Similar word(s): burden, core, essence, gist

Definition categories: communication, import, meaning, significance, signification

5. (of a law) having legal validity

- the law is still in effect

Similar word(s): force

Definition categories: attribute, validity, validness

6. a symptom caused by an illness or a drug

- the effects of sleep loss

- the effect of the anesthetic

Definition categories: state, symptom

Sentences with effect as a noun:

- The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.

- The effect of flying was most convincing.

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

- I just bought a couple of great effects.

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

- Doppler effect


1. produce

Similar word(s): effectuate

Definition categories: creation, cause, do, make

2. act so as to bring into existence

- effect a change

Definition categories: social, act, move

Sentences with effect as a verb:

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