Definition of ripple effect in US English:

ripple effect


  • The continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

    ‘while their marriage made an impact on their friends, the ripple effect on family members was even more profound’
    • ‘Second, a ripple effect of the first issue is that a small percentage of employers are getting the students they want.’
    • ‘In a ripple effect, delays and cancellations reached many other airports that never lost power.’
    • ‘It seemed as if there was a ripple effect spreading through the people I knew.’
    • ‘Critical pedagogy should help students see how their lives are intertwined with the lives of others around them, how their choices are constructed by social context, and how their decisions have a ripple effect in society.’
    • ‘The buzz created by having visitors from other parts of the country and from overseas has had a ripple effect.’
    • ‘The second answer is that raising the minimum wage will have a ripple effect.’
    • ‘However, because of the ripple effect, employers who do not pay the minimum wage still have a considerable stake in any changes to that wage.’
    • ‘Employee turnover has a ripple effect from the front line all the way back.’
    • ‘In addition to the devastating loss of life and the ripple effect on the families of the fallen, many businesses ceased operations due to their inability to execute a disaster recovery plan.’
    • ‘On the Internet, as on any connected system, security has a ripple effect.’
    • ‘The economic ripple effect quickly spread, not only in terms of local spending and employment but also in the transportation of construction materials to Maxwell from other parts of the state.’
    • ‘And every time employees sign up for the benefits, it has a ripple effect on the community around them.’
    • ‘But California's rules could have a ripple effect across the country because other states could follow its lead.’
    • ‘Any investment we put into one youth has a ripple effect as they go out to reach thousands more.’
    • ‘A breath of fresh air he certainly is and we can expect many and far-reaching changes to the museums of Cape Town and in all likelihood, the ripple effect of his influence to spread much wider.’
    • ‘The introduction of real, market-oriented banks in China would have a ripple effect.’
    • ‘I've learned that stadium security has a ripple effect [on the rest of the community].’
    • ‘Fear of a demand slowdown sent a ripple effect through the market.’
    • ‘The bombing will also have a ripple effect on neighbouring countries.’
    • ‘Also, the problem has become so widespread that it is having a ripple effect in other sectors of the economy.’


ripple effect

/ˈripəl əˌfekt//ˈrɪpəl əˌfɛkt/