Definition of ripple effect noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


ripple effect

BrE BrE//ˈrɪpl ɪfekt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpl ɪfekt//
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a situation in which an event or action has an effect on something, which then has an effect on something else His resignation will have a ripple effect on the whole department.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ripple effect