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Definition 1: an outward appearance - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he made a good impression
  • I wanted to create an impression of success
  • she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting

Synonyms for effect in the sense of this definition

(effect is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

(... is a kind of effect ) the impression produced by a person

"he cut a fine figure" "a heroic figure"

(... is a kind of effect ) the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public

"although her popular image was contrived it served to inspire music and pageantry" "the company tried to project an altruistic image"

(... is a kind of effect ) the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember

"it was in London that he made his mark" "he left an indelible mark on the American theater"

(... is a kind of effect ) a total impression or effect of something made up of individual parts

Definition 2: (of a law) having legal validity - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the law is still in effect

Synonyms for effect in the sense of this definition

(effect is a kind of ...) the quality of having legal force or effectiveness

(effect belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he just did it for effect

(effect is a kind of ...) a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

"his impression of her was favorable" "what are your feelings about the crisis?" "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity" "I had a feeling that she was lying"

(... is a kind of effect ) an effect that imitates a sound called for in the script of a play

(... is a kind of effect ) an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)

Definition 4: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for effect in the sense of this definition

(effect is a kind of ...) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

"what is the meaning of this sentence" "the significance of a red traffic light" "the signification of Chinese characters" "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

Definition 5: a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
  • his decision had depressing consequences for business
  • he acted very wise after the event

Synonyms for effect in the sense of this definition

(effect is a kind of ...) any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

(... is a kind of effect ) a forceful consequence; a strong effect

"the book had an important impact on my thinking" "the book packs a wallop"

(... is a kind of effect ) the effect of one thing (or person) on another

"the influence of mechanical action"

(... is a kind of effect ) a secondary or incidental effect

(... is a kind of effect ) a natural consequence of development

(... is a kind of effect ) a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances

"skill is the product of hours of practice" "his reaction was the product of hunger and fatigue"

(... is a kind of effect ) any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs

(... is a kind of effect ) (genetics) the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome

(... is a kind of effect ) a remote or indirect consequence of some action

"his declaration had unforeseen repercussions" "reverberations of the market crash were felt years later"

(... is a kind of effect ) a result

"this situation developed in response to events in Africa"

(... is a kind of effect ) any adverse and unwanted secondary effect

"a strategy to contain the fallout from the accounting scandal"

(... is a kind of effect ) the consequence of an effort or activity

"they gathered a harvest of examples" "a harvest of love"

(... is a kind of effect ) the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

(... is a kind of effect ) an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)

"it made a dent in my bank account"

(... is a kind of effect ) something that comes into existence as a result

"industrialism prepared the way for acceptance of the French Revolution's various socialistic offspring" "this skyscraper is the solid materialization of his efforts"

(... is a kind of effect ) any result that follows its cause after an interval

(... is a kind of effect ) the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

"the aftermath of war" "in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured"

(... is a kind of effect ) the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity

"in periods of high merger activity there is a bandwagon effect with more and more firms seeking to engage in takeover activity" "polls are accused of creating a bandwagon effect to benefit their candidate"

(... is a kind of effect ) the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion

(... is a kind of effect ) the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago

(... is a kind of effect ) a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence

(... is a kind of effect ) the result of alteration or modification

"there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs" "there had been no change in the mountains"

(... is a kind of effect ) (politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party

"he counted on the coattails effect to win him the election"

(... is a kind of effect ) (physics) an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation; on Earth the Coriolis effect deflects moving bodies to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere

(... is a kind of effect ) (economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure

Definition 6: a symptom caused by an illness or a drug - [noun denoting state]

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the effects of sleep loss
  • the effect of the anesthetic

(effect is a kind of ...) (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

(... is a kind of effect ) a delayed effect of a drug or therapy

"the drug had unexpected aftereffects"

(... is a kind of effect ) a bad reaction to a hallucinogenic drug

(... is a kind of effect ) a secondary and usually adverse effect of a drug or therapy

"severe headaches are one of the side effects of the drug"

Definition 7: produce - [verb of creation]

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The scientists set up a shock wave

Synonyms for effect in the sense of this definition

(effect is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(... is a kind of effect ) put in effect

"carry out a task" "execute the decision of the people" "He actioned the operation"

(... is a kind of effect ) earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

"He drew a base on balls"

(... is a kind of effect ) bring about abruptly

"The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution"

(... is a kind of effect ) cause to occur rapidly

"the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"

(... is a kind of effect ) contribute or conduce to

"The scandal served to increase his popularity"

(effect causes ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

Samples where effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • effect a change

(effect is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of effect ) bring into operation or effect

"The new members brought to bear new concerns to the U.N."

(... is a kind of effect ) extend to a certain degree

"carry too far" "She carries her ideas to the extreme"

(... is a kind of effect ) make effective from an earlier date

"The increase in tax was backdated to January"

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