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effect

noun  /ɪˈfekt/ us  

effect noun (RESULT)

[C/U] the result of a particular influence; something that happens because of something else: [C] The medicine had the effect of making me sleepy. [C] Cold water slows hurricane growth, but warm water has the opposite effect. [U] The new management actually has not had much effect on us.

effect noun (USE)

[U] (esp. of rules or laws) official or legal use: Winter parking rules are in effect (= must be obeyed) . All salary increases will take effect (= begin) in January.

effect

verb [T]  /ɪˈfekt/ us  

effect verb [T] (ACHIEVE)

to achieve something and cause it to happen: It will take years to effect meaningful changes in the educational system.
Translations of “effect”
in Korean 영향…
in Arabic أَثَر, تَأثير…
in French effet…
in Turkish etki, sonuç, değişim…
in Italian effetto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 結果, 效果, 影響…
in Russian результат, следствие…
in Polish wpływ, efekt, skutek…
in Spanish efecto, consecuencia…
in Portuguese efeito…
in German die Wirkung…
in Catalan efecte…
in Japanese 影響…
in Chinese (Simplified) 结果, 效果, 影响…
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