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English definition of “effect”

effect

verb [T] (ACHIEVE)   /ɪˈfekt/
to achieve something and cause it to happen: It will take years to effect meaningful changes in the educational system.
(Definition of effect verb (ACHIEVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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