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Definition of effect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



effect something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they effect
he / she / it effects
past simple effected
-ing form effecting
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to make something happen to effect a cure/change/recovery Which Word?affect / effectaffectverb = “to have an influence on someone or something”:Does television affect children’s behavior?It is not a noun.effectnoun = “result, influence”:Does television have an effect on children’s behavior?effectverb is formal and means “to achieve or produce”:The negotiators hope to effect a reconciliation. Governments have the tools to use to effect change.
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