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effect

noun (THEATRE, ETC.)    /ɪˈfekt/
effects [plural] (also special effects) B1 lighting, sounds, and objects that are specially produced for the stage or a film and are intended to make something that does not exist seem real: This is a movie worth seeing for its effects alone.Production, direction and recording
(Definition of effect noun (THEATRE, ETC.) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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