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effect

noun
 
 
/ɪˈfekt/
B1 [C, U] a change, reaction, or result that is caused by something: The accident had a huge effect on her life. We don't know the long-term effects of this drug.Outcomes and consequences
in effect used to say what the real situation is: This means, in effect, that the plan has been scrapped.Reality and truth
come/go into effect to start being used: New food safety rules come into effect on Monday.Starting and beginningStarting again
take effect B2 to start to produce results or changes: The anaesthetic takes effect in about ten minutes.Outcomes and consequences
to that effect used to say that you are giving the general meaning of something but not the exact words: He said he was bored with school or something to that effect.Approximate
a sound/special/visual, etc effect B1 a sound, image, etc that is created artificially →  See also side effect Production, direction and recording
Translations of “effect”
in Korean 영향…
in Arabic أَثَر, تَأثير…
in French effet…
in Turkish etki, sonuç, değişim…
in Italian effetto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 劇院等…
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) 剧场等…
(Definition of effect noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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