definition of effecting by The Free Dictionary


a result; an influence: His protest had no effect. [The words affect and effect are among the most frequently confused words. Affect means to bring about a change, to move emotionally, or to infect, as a disease. Its core meaning is to evoke a usually strong mental or emotional response from. Effect means consequence, outcome, upshot. Its core meaning is something brought about by a cause.]

Not to be confused with:

affect – to pretend; influence: It will affect the outcome.

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1. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.

2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result: The government’s action had little effect on the trade imbalance.

3. Advantage; avail: used her words to great effect in influencing the jury.

4. The condition of being in full force or execution; operativeness: a new regulation that goes into effect tomorrow.


a. Something that produces a specific impression or supports a general design or intention: The lighting effects emphasized the harsh atmosphere of the drama.

b. A particular impression: large windows that gave an effect of spaciousness.

c. Production of a desired impression: spent lavishly on dinner just for effect.

6. The basic or general meaning; import: He said he was greatly worried, or words to that effect.

7. effects Movable belongings; goods.

tr.v. ef·fect·ed, ef·fect·ing, ef·fects

To bring about; make happen; cause or accomplish: effect a cure for a disease; effect a change in policy. See Usage Note at affect1.


in effect

In essence; to all purposes: testimony that in effect contradicted her earlier statement.

to the effect that

With the general meaning that: He said something to the effect that he was sorry.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin effectus, from past participle of efficere, to accomplish : ex-, ex- + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

ef·fect′er n.

ef·fect′i·ble adj.

Synonyms: effect, consequence, result, outcome, upshot
These nouns denote an occurrence, situation, or condition that is produced by a cause or agent. Effect stresses the idea of influence or alteration: a drug whose main effect is to lower hypertension; increased erosion that was the effect of deforestation.
A consequence follows naturally or logically from its cause: a broken wrist that was the consequence of a fall; a reduction in crime that was the consequence of better policing.
A result is viewed as the end product of the operation of the cause: improved his grades as a result of better study habits; an experiment with an unexpected result.
An outcome more strongly implies finality and may suggest the resolution of a complex or lengthy process: The trial’s outcome might have changed if the defendant had testified.
An upshot is a decisive result, often of the nature of a climax: “The upshot of the matter … was that she showed both of them the door” (Robert Louis Stevenson).

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1. something that is produced by a cause or agent; result

2. power or ability to influence or produce a result; efficacy: with no effect.

3. the condition of being operative (esp in the phrases in or into effect): the law comes into effect at midnight.

4. take effect to become operative or begin to produce results

5. basic meaning or purpose (esp in the phrase to that effect)

6. an impression, usually one that is artificial or contrived (esp in the phrase for effect)

7. a scientific phenomenon: the Doppler effect.

8. in effect

a. in fact; actually

b. for all practical purposes

9. the overall impression or result: the effect of a painting.


(tr) to cause to occur; bring about; accomplish

[C14: from Latin effectus a performing, tendency, from efficere to accomplish, from facere to do]

efˈfecter n

efˈfectible adj

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1. something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence.

2. power to produce results; efficacy; force: The protest had no effect.

3. the state of being effective or operative; operation or execution: to bring a plan into effect.

4. a mental or emotional impression produced, as by a painting or speech.

5. general meaning or purpose; intent: I wrote a letter to that effect.

6. the making of a desired impression: The expensive car was only for effect.

7. an illusory phenomenon: a three-dimensional effect.

8. a scientific phenomenon (usu. named for its discoverer): the Doppler effect.


9. to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish: to effect a change.


1. in effect, essentially; basically.

2. take effect,

a. to go into operation; begin to function.

b. to produce a result.

[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin effectus the carrying out (of a task, etc.), hence, that which is achieved, outcome]

ef•fect′i•ble, adj.

syn: effect, consequence, result refer to something produced by an action or a cause. An effect is that which is produced, usu. more or less immediately and directly: The drug had the effect of producing sleep. A consequence, something that follows naturally or logically, as in a train of events or sequence of time, is less intimately connected with its cause than is an effect: One consequence of a recession is a rise in unemployment. A result may be near or remote, and often is the sum of effects or consequences as making an end or final outcome: The English language is the result of the fusion of many different elements.

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  1. Affect me [with revulsion] like the smell of a cheap cigar left smoldering in an ashtray —Jonathan Valin

    In Valin’s novel, Final Notice, the descriptive frame of reference for the simile is a tattoo.

  2. The certainty [of his desire] landed in the bottom of my stomach like a flatiron —Mary Gordon
  3. The change [in living accommodations] would be like going from Purgatory to Paradise —Louisa May Alcott
  4. The conviction that I am loved and loving affects me like a military bracing —John Cheever
  5. The effort made him choke like a tiger at a bone —Robert Frost
  6. Every gesture … aroused a beat chant like the beat of the heart of the desert —Anaĩs Nin
  7. (This city) exacerbates loneliness in me the same way that water makes Alka-Seltzer fizz —Pat Conroy
  8. The general effect was exactly like a microscopic view of a small detachment of black beetles in search of a dead rat —John Ruskin
  9. Has a disruptive effect … like a torpedo coming down Main Street —Anon politician on Gramm-Rudman Law, February, 1986
  10. Has as little effect on me as water on a duck’s back —American colloquialism, attributed to South

    A variation: “As water rolling off a duck’s back.”

  11. Her absence felt like a presence, an electrical charge of silence in the house —John Updike
  12. His death served to remind me, like a custard pie in the face, that life is sometimes like one big savage joke —Sue Grafton
  13. (A blast of Prince [music] … ) hit me like a feather boa with a length of lead pipe in it —Jonathan Valin
  14. Its [melancholy] effect upon you is somewhat similar to what would probably be produced by a combined attack of toothache, indigestion and a cold in the head —Jerome K. Jerome
  15. It [forcing an old priest into retirement] was just like ripping an old tree out of the ground —W. P. Kinsella
  16. The kind whisper went to my heart like a dagger —Charlotte Brontë
  17. Offering a flight attendant a $20 bill for a $2 drink is like spitting on an Alabama state trooper —Louis D. Wilson, Wall Street Journal, June 30, 1986
  18. Pain and poverty and thwarted ambition … can break the virtues like brittle bones —George Garrett
  19. Seeing her again … was like rediscovering a half-forgotten landmark —Ann Petry
  20. [When a tired-looking woman smiles] some of the years of hard living fell away like happy tears —James Crumley

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– effect

1. “”

Affect /ə’fekt/ is a verb. To affect someone or something means to cause them to change, often in a negative way.

There are many ways in which computers can affect our lives.

The disease affected Jane’s lungs.

2. “”

Effect /ɪ’fekt/ is usually a noun. An effect is something that happens or exists because something else has happened.

The report shows the effect of noise on people in the factories.

This has the effect of separating students from teachers.

You can say that something has a particular effect on something else.

Improvement in water supply can have a dramatic effect on health.

These changes will have a significant effect on our business.

Effect is sometimes a verb. If you effect something that you are trying to achieve, you succeed in achieving it. This is a formal use.

The new law will give us the power to effect change.


– effect

1. “”

A result of something is an event or situation that happens or exists because of it.

The result of this announcement was that the share price of the company rose by 10 per cent.

I nearly missed the flight as a result of getting stuck in traffic.

I cut my own hair – often with disastrous results.

2. “”

When something produces a change in a thing or person, don’t refer to this change as a “” on the thing or person. The word you use is effect.

Diet has a significant effect on your health.

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Past participle: effected
Gerund: effecting

I effect
you effect
he/she/it effects
we effect
you effect
they effect
I effected
you effected
he/she/it effected
we effected
you effected
they effected
Present Continuous
I am effecting
you are effecting
he/she/it is effecting
we are effecting
you are effecting
they are effecting
Present Perfect
I have effected
you have effected
he/she/it has effected
we have effected
you have effected
they have effected
Past Continuous
I was effecting
you were effecting
he/she/it was effecting
we were effecting
you were effecting
they were effecting
Past Perfect
I had effected
you had effected
he/she/it had effected
we had effected
you had effected
they had effected
I will effect
you will effect
he/she/it will effect
we will effect
you will effect
they will effect
Future Perfect
I will have effected
you will have effected
he/she/it will have effected
we will have effected
you will have effected
they will have effected
Future Continuous
I will be effecting
you will be effecting
he/she/it will be effecting
we will be effecting
you will be effecting
they will be effecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been effecting
you have been effecting
he/she/it has been effecting
we have been effecting
you have been effecting
they have been effecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been effecting
you will have been effecting
he/she/it will have been effecting
we will have been effecting
you will have been effecting
they will have been effecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been effecting
you had been effecting
he/she/it had been effecting
we had been effecting
you had been effecting
they had been effecting
I would effect
you would effect
he/she/it would effect
we would effect
you would effect
they would effect
Past Conditional
I would have effected
you would have effected
he/she/it would have effected
we would have effected
you would have effected
they would have effected

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