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English noun: effect

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

SamplesThe magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise.
His decision had depressing consequences for business.
He acted very wise after the event.

Synonymsconsequence, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

Broader (hypernym)phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)aftereffect, aftermath, backwash, bandwagon effect, branch, brisance, butterfly effect, by-product, byproduct, change, coattails effect, Coriolis effect, dent, domino effect, fallout, harvest, impact, influence, knock-on effect, materialisation, materialization, offset, offshoot, offspring, outgrowth, placebo effect, position effect, product, repercussion, response, reverberation, side effect, spillover, wake, wallop

2. effect (attribute) an outward appearance

SamplesHe made a good impression.
I wanted to create an impression of success.
She retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting.


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

Narrower (hyponym)figure, image, mark, tout ensemble

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

SamplesHe just did it for effect.

Broader (hypernym)belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion

Narrower (hyponym)sound effect, special effect

4. effect (communication) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Synonymsburden, core, essence, gist

Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

5. effect (attribute) (of a law) having legal validity

SamplesThe law is still in effect.


Broader (hypernym)validity, validness

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. effect (state) a symptom caused by an illness or a drug

SamplesThe effects of sleep loss.
The effect of the anesthetic.

Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)aftereffect, bummer, side effect

English verb: effect

1. effect (creation) produce

SamplesThe scientists set up a shock wave.

Synonymseffectuate, set up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Narrower (hyponym)accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, draw, execute, fulfil, fulfill, get, hasten, induce, precipitate, rush, serve, stimulate

Causecome about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

2. effect (social) act so as to bring into existence

SamplesEffect a change.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)backdate, bring to bear, carry

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