Synonyms of effect in English:

effect


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See Spanish definition of efecto

noun

1‘the effect of these changes is hard to assess’

SYNONYMS
result, consequence, upshot, outcome, out-turn, sequel, reaction, repercussions, reverberations, ramifications
end result, conclusion, termination, culmination, denouement, corollary, concomitant, aftermath, footprint, fruit, fruits, product, by-product
sequelae
informal pay-off
dated issue
archaic success
ANTONYMS

cause

2‘the effect of this drug can be long-lasting’

SYNONYMS
impact, action, effectiveness, efficacy, efficaciousness, influence
power, potency, strength, usefulness, success

3‘with effect from tomorrow’

SYNONYMS
force, operation, enforcement, implementation, execution, action, effectiveness
validity, lawfulness, legality, legitimacy, authenticity, legal acceptability

4‘he said ‘See you later’, or words to that effect’

SYNONYMS
sense, meaning, theme, drift, thread, import, purport, intent, intention, burden, thrust, tenor, significance, message
gist, essence, substance, spirit
mood, character, vein, flavour
archaic strain

5effects‘they went through the dead man's effects’

SYNONYMS
belongings, possessions, personal possessions, personal effects, goods, worldly goods, chattels, goods and chattels, accoutrements, appurtenances
property, paraphernalia
luggage, baggage
British rubbish
informal gear, tackle, kit, things, stuff, junk, bits and pieces, bits and bobs
British informal clobber, gubbins
vulgar slang shit, crap

verb

1‘the government effected a good many changes’

SYNONYMS
achieve, accomplish, carry out, succeed in, realize, attain, manage, bring off, carry off, carry through, execute, conduct, fix, engineer, perform, do, perpetrate, discharge, fulfil, complete, finish, consummate, conclude
cause, bring about, cause to happen, cause to occur, initiate, put in place, create, produce, make, give rise to
provoke, call forth, occasion, bring to pass
generate, originate, engender, precipitate, actuate, wreak, kindle
rare effectuate

Phrases

    in effect

    ‘the battle had, in effect, already been won’


    SYNONYMS
    really, in reality, in truth, in fact, in actual fact, effectively, essentially, in essence, virtually, practically, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, all but, as good as, more or less, as near as dammit, almost, nearly, well nigh, nigh on, just about
    South African plus-minus
    informal pretty much, pretty nearly, pretty well
    to no effect

    1‘his efforts were all to no effect’


    SYNONYMS
    ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, vain, in vain, futile, to no avail, unavailing, useless, unsuccessful, non-successful, nugatory, failed, fruitless, unproductive, profitless, unprofitable, pointless, to no purpose, abortive, inadequate
    archaic for nought, bootless
    rare Sisyphean
    ANTONYMS

    effective, successful

    2‘they can bluster to their hearts' content to no effect’


    SYNONYMS
    in vain, unsuccessfully, vainly, without success, to no avail, to no purpose, ineffectually, with no result, fruitlessly, profitlessly, unproductively
    ANTONYMS

    successfully

    have an effect on

    ‘their behaviors have an effect on others’


    SYNONYMS
    affect, influence, exert influence on, act on, work on, condition, touch, interact with, have an impact on, impact on, take hold of, attack, infect, strike, strike at, hit
    change, alter, modify, transform, form, shape, control, govern, determine, decide, guide, sway, bias
    put something into effect

    ‘the plans have not yet been put into effect’


    SYNONYMS
    implement, apply, put into action, put into practice, execute, enact, carry out, carry through, perform, administer
    fulfil, discharge, accomplish, bring about, achieve, realize, contrive, effect
    enforce, impose
    rare effectuate
    be in effect

    ‘is this law yet in effect?’


    SYNONYMS
    be in force, be in operation, act, stand, apply, be applied, run, be valid, remain valid, be current, function, be efficacious, hold good, be the case, be the order of the day, obtain, hold, be the case, be prevalent, prevail, pertain, be established
    take effect

    1‘these measures will take effect on 23rd November’


    SYNONYMS
    come into force, come into operation, come into being, begin, become operative, become valid, become law, apply, be applied
    ANTONYMS

    lapse

    2‘the drug started to take effect’


    SYNONYMS
    work, act, be effective, produce results, have the desired effect, be efficacious
    ANTONYMS

    wear off