noun | ef·fect
  1. : something that is produced by an agent or cause

  1. : personal property 1 at property : goods the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures —U.S. Constitution amend. IV

  1. : the quality or state of being operative when the new law goes into effect


transitive verb
  1. : to cause to come into being

  1. : to bring about often by surmounting obstacles effect a settlement of the dispute

  1. : to put into operation the duty of the legislature to effect the will of the citizens