ef·​fec·​tu·​ate | \ i-ˈfek-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce effectuate (audio) , -chü-ˌāt \
effectuated; effectuating; effectuates

Definition of effectuate

transitive verb

formal : to cause or bring about (something) : to put (something) into effect or operation : effect sense 2 … the insured or depositor relies on the insurer or bank to effectuate his wishes …— William M. McGovern, Jr. et al. … emphasizing the importance of institutions in effectuating good works …— Aaron Wildavsky

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effectuation \ i-​ˌfek-​chə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce effectuate (audio) , -​chü-​ˈā-​ \ noun
The defendant may waive effectuation of these rights, provided the waiver is made voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently. — Irving R. Kaufman

Examples of effectuate in a Sentence

the hope that the greater social interaction between native residents and the immigrants will effectuate greater understanding and harmony
Recent Examples on the Web For his part, Johnson's argument was that, being a professional association, Berns was not entitled to a charging order against Johnson's interests in his LPA, nor was Berns entitled to a receiver to effectuate the charging order. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The Senate Finance Committee, which will spearhead broad changes to the federal tax code to pay for the bill, is also looking at ways to use credits, deductions and a possible excise tax to effectuate a similar outcome. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 But in order to actually effectuate the license, Treasury had to get approval from the State Department. CBS News, 7 July 2021 They were called into duty as extra personnel to effectuate the service of the search warrant. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 23 Sep. 2020 That was not the time and place to effectuate the arrest. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2020 This payout was a massive 40% of the government's budget and required many bonds to slave owners to effectuate the law. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 1 July 2020 This decision allows the government to implement regulations effectuating longstanding federal law that newcomers to this country must be financially self-sufficient. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2020 Conduct pre-boarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of effectuate

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for effectuate

probably borrowed (with addition of -ate entry 4) from Middle French effectuer, affectuer, borrowed from Medieval Latin effectuāre, verbal derivative of Latin effectus "achievement, result, effect entry 1"

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25 Sep 2021

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“Effectuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectuate. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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