1 change that is caused by sth
decisive, dramatic, far-reaching, important, marked, powerful, profound, pronounced, significant, strong
marginal, minimal, modest, negligible
main, major, principal

The full effects of the new tax have not yet been felt.

no apparent, no appreciable, no detectable, no discernible, no measurable, no noticeable, no visible

The drug was devoid of any apparent effect.

There was no discernible effect on cell growth.

likely, possible, potential, predictable, probable
adverse, catastrophic, crippling, damaging, debilitating, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, devastating, disastrous, harmful, ill, negative, serious, traumatic, undesirable, unfortunate

the crippling effect of sanctions on the economy

He didn't seem to have suffered any ill effects from his fall.


It's a policy that will have a chilling effect on free speech.

destabilizing, stabilizing
the opposite

His comment was intended to calm the situation but it had the opposite effect.

beneficial, positive, salutary
the desired

We had problems with mosquitoes, but this spray had the desired effect.

moderating (esp. AmE)
magical, remarkable

Giving up smoking had a magical effect on his stamina.

direct, indirect
lasting, long-term, permanent
domino, knock-on, ripple, spillover (esp. AmE), trickle-down

Any delay in delivery of materials will have a knock-on effect throughout the production process.

(see also side effect)
aggregate, combined, cumulative, net, overall

The deterrent effect of the death penalty has long been questioned.


The drug has well-documented inhibitory effects on sexual function.

calming, hypnotic, sedative, soothing, soporific

policies to reduce emissions of gases which cause the greenhouse effect

bring about, exert, have, produce

The drug exerts a powerful effect on the brain.


The medicine started to take effect after a few minutes.

experience, feel, suffer, suffer from

Women feel the effects of alcohol more quickly than men.

recover from
note, observe
demonstrate, exhibit, illustrate, reveal, show
analyse/analyze, assess, determine, estimate, evaluate, examine, explore, investigate, measure, monitor, quantify, study, test

I am interested in documenting the effects of international events on ordinary people.

blunt, buffer (esp. AmE), cushion, diminish, lessen, limit, minimize, mitigate, reduce, soften

to minimize the effects of economic change

cancel out, eliminate, negate, nullify
counter, counteract, counterbalance, moderate, neutralize, offset
block, combat, suppress

a face cream designed to combat the effects of age

amplify, compound, enhance, exacerbate, magnify, maximize
mimic, simulate

drugs which mimic the effects of hormones

aim at

That is precisely the effect I was aiming at.

be worried about, fear
overestimate, underestimate
ignore, neglect
describe, explain
exist, occur
arise from sth, result from sth

the serious health effects which result from obesity

disappear, wear off

How soon will the effects of the drug wear off?

differ, vary
in effect

The border closure meant, in effect, that no trade took place between the countries.

to this effect, to that effect

They told us to go away, or words to that effect.

with … effect

The plague struck again with devastating effect.

effect on, effect upon

The dry weather had an adverse effect on the potato crops.

cause and effect

key historical concepts such as cause and effect

to little effect, to no effect

The air conditioning came on, to little effect.

2 use of an official rule, plan, etc.
come into

The new regulations come into effect next month.

bring sth into, put sth into

The recommendations will soon be put into effect.

in effect

Some laws from the 18th century are still in effect.

with effect

The bank has cut interest rates with immediate effect.

3 impression that a speaker, book, performance, etc. gives
dramatic, startling, striking, stunning
maximum, optimum
the desired

I found that by adding white I could achieve the desired effect.


The overall effect of the painting is overwhelming.

give (sth), have

The stage lighting gives the effect of a moonlit scene.

achieve, create
enhance, heighten

The dramatic effect was heightened by her black dress and dead white face.

for … effect

‘You know why I'm here?’ Doug paused for maximum effect.

to … effect

She uses animal sounds to startling effect in her music.

4 techniques used when making sth
audio, sound
optical, visual
Effect is used with these nouns as the object: ↑change, ↑cure, ↑improvement, ↑reconciliation, ↑transfer, ↑transformation

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