Definition of take effect in US English:

take effect


  • Become operative; start to apply.

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