Definition of take effect in English:

take effect


  • Come into force; start to apply.

    ‘the ban is to take effect in six months’
    • ‘Clearly, our efforts to clean up government are taking effect.’
    • ‘A national referendum would determine whether the constitution would take effect.’
    • ‘New Hampshire's law legalizing gay marriage took effect Friday.’
    • ‘The law, enacted in response to a state payoff scandal, was set to take effect at the start of the year.’
    • ‘The changes, aimed at further tax reductions for German companies, are now to take effect in 2004.’
    • ‘A state law creating the program took effect Tuesday.’
    • ‘The order for forced time off takes effect next Friday.’
    • ‘You will need to reboot to have the change take effect.’
    • ‘The new measure is set to take effect this month.’
    • ‘The plan calls for most of the changes to take effect May 1.’
    come into force, come into operation, come into being, begin, become operative, become valid, become law, apply, be applied
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