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effect  

  ( effects    plural & 3rd person present)   ( effecting    present participle)   ( effected    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   The effectof one thing on another is the change that the first thing causes in the second thing.  
oft N of/on n, N of -ing, adj N  
Parents worry about the effect of music on their adolescent's behavior..., Even minor head injuries can cause long-lasting psychological effects.     
2       n-count   An effect is an impression that someone creates deliberately, for example in a place or in a piece of writing.   (=impression)  
The whole effect is cool, light and airy.     
3       n-plural   A person's effects are the things that they have with them at a particular time, for example when they are arrested or admitted to hospital, or the things that they owned when they died.  
FORMAL   with poss   (=belongings)  
His daughters were collecting his effects.     
4       n-plural   The effects in a film are the specially created sounds and scenery.  
5       verb   If you effect something that you are trying to achieve, you succeed in causing it to happen.  
FORMAL   Prospects for effecting real political change seemed to have taken a major step backwards.      V n  
6   
    greenhouse effect  
    placebo effect  
    ripple effect  
    side-effect  
    sound effect  
    special effect  
7    If you say that someone is doing something for effect, you mean that they are doing it in order to impress people and to draw attention to themselves.  
for effect      phrase   PHR after v  
The Cockney accent was put on for effect.     
8    You add in effect to a statement or opinion that is not precisely accurate, but which you feel is a reasonable description or summary of a particular situation.  
in effect      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    (=effectively)  
That deal would create, in effect, the world's biggest airline.     
9    If you put, bring, or carry a plan or idea into effect, you cause it to happen in practice.  
(put/bring/carry) sthg into effect      phrase   V inflects   (=implement)  
These and other such measures ought to have been put into effect in 1985.     
10    If a law or policy takes effect or comes into effect at a particular time, it officially begins to apply or be valid from that time. If it remains in effect, it still applies or is still valid.  
take/come into effect      phrase   V inflects  
...the ban on new logging permits which will take effect from July..., The decision was taken yesterday and will remain in effect until further government instructions.     
11    You can say that something takes effect when it starts to produce the results that are intended.  
take effect      phrase   V inflects  
The second injection should only have been given once the first drug had taken effect...     
12    You use effect in expressions such as to good effect and to no effect in order to indicate how successful or impressive an action is.  
to (good) effect             phrase   PHR after v  
Mr Morris feels the museum is using advertising to good effect...     
13    You use to this effect, to that effect, or to the effect that to indicate that you have given or are giving a summary of something that was said or written, and not the actual words used.  
to this/that effect      phrase   n PHR  
A circular to this effect will be issued in the next few weeks...     
14    If you say that something will happen with immediate effect or with effectfrom a particular time, you mean that it will begin to apply or be valid immediately or from the stated time.  
  (BRIT)  
mainly FORMAL  
with (immediate) effect/effect from      phrase   PHR after v  
The price of the Saturday edition is going up with effect from 3 November.     
15   
    cause and effect  
    cause  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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good  


      adj  
1    acceptable, admirable, agreeable, awesome     (slang)   bad     (slang)   bitchin'     (U.S. slang)   capital, choice, commendable, crucial     (slang)   divine, dope     (slang)   excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, great, hunky-dory     (informal)   pleasant, pleasing, positive, precious, satisfactory, splendid, super     (informal)   superior, tiptop, valuable, wicked     (slang)   world-class, worthy  
2    admirable, estimable, ethical, exemplary, honest, honourable, moral, praiseworthy, right, righteous, trustworthy, upright, virtuous, worthy  
3    able, accomplished, adept, adroit, capable, clever, competent, dexterous, efficient, expert, first-rate, proficient, reliable, satisfactory, serviceable, skilled, sound, suitable, talented, thorough, useful  
4    adequate, advantageous, auspicious, beneficial, convenient, favourable, fit, fitting, healthy, helpful, opportune, profitable, propitious, salubrious, salutary, suitable, useful, wholesome  
5    eatable, fit to eat, sound, uncorrupted, untainted, whole  
6    altruistic, approving, beneficent, benevolent, charitable, friendly, gracious, humane, kind, kind-hearted, kindly, merciful, obliging, well-disposed  
7    authentic, bona fide, dependable, genuine, honest, legitimate, proper, real, reliable, sound, true, trustworthy, valid  
8    decorous, dutiful, mannerly, obedient, orderly, polite, proper, seemly, well-behaved, well-mannered  
9    agreeable, cheerful, congenial, convivial, enjoyable, gratifying, happy, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying  
10    adequate, ample, complete, considerable, entire, extensive, full, large, long, sizable or sizeable, solid, substantial, sufficient, whole  
11    best, fancy, finest, newest, nicest, precious, smartest, special, valuable  
12      (of weather)   balmy, bright, calm, clear, clement, cloudless, fair, halcyon, mild, sunny, sunshiny, tranquil  
      n  
13    advantage, avail, behalf, benefit, gain, interest, mileage     (informal)   profit, service, use, usefulness, welfare, wellbeing, worth  
14    excellence, goodness, merit, morality, probity, rectitude, right, righteousness, uprightness, virtue, worth  
15    for good      finally, for ever, irrevocably, never to return, once and for all, permanently, sine die  
  
Antonyms     
,       adj  
1    awful, bad, boring, disagreeable, dull, inadequate, rotten, tedious, unpleasant  
2    bad, base, corrupt, dishonest, dishonourable, evil, immoral, improper, sinful  
3    bad, incompetent, inefficient, unsatisfactory, unskilled  
4    inappropriate, pathetic, unbecoming, unbefitting, unfavourable, unfitting, unsuitable, useless  
5    bad, decayed, mouldy, off, rotten, unsound  
6    cruel, evil, mean     (informal)   selfish, unkind, vicious, wicked  
7    counterfeit, false, fraudulent, invalid, phoney  
8    ill-mannered, mischievous, naughty, rude, unkind  
10    scant, short  
      n  
13    detriment, disadvantage, failure, ill-fortune, loss  
14    badness, baseness, corruption, cruelty, dishonesty, evil, immorality, meanness, wickedness  


good-for-nothing  
1   
      n   black sheep, idler, layabout, ne'er-do-well, numb-nut     (U.S. slang)   profligate, rapscallion, scapegrace, skiver     (Brit. slang)   slacker     (informal)   waster, wastrel  
2   
      adj   feckless, idle, irresponsible, useless, worthless  
good-humoured     
affable, amiable, cheerful, congenial, genial, good-tempered, happy, pleasant  
good-looking     
attractive, comely, fair, handsome, personable, pretty, well-favoured  
good-natured     
agreeable, amiable, benevolent, friendly, good-hearted, helpful, kind, kindly, tolerant, warm-hearted, well-disposed, willing to please  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
adj.
having good taste
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.
adj.
all right; good, OK, satisfactory
informal
exp.
be in a good shape
exp.
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
adj.
fairly large, especially large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
n.
a woman, generally in her twenties, who shows she is having a good time with her friends by shooting "WOO" ("HOO") usually in unison with other woo girls
[Fam.]
adj.
a man of good breeding, well-behaved, courteous, polite who behaves like a gentleman
exp.
expression used to describe something working fine, good or excellent
adv. adj.
looking good; having a look that was obviously well taken care of.
e.g a very well put together woman (adj.) You look well put together (adj.)
id.
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
n.
buying or selling of goods tangible or intangible and services commonly on internet actually happen in cyberspace is called ecommerce or cyber commerce
[Tech.]
adv.
in spite of the flaws/minuses/disadvantages; with goods and bads; with minuses and pluses
love / accept smb. flaws and all = love /accept smb. as he/she is, with qualities and flaws.
n.
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"

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