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

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
effectuation 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 members of the different classes will effectuate greater school spirit
Recent Examples on the Web In the absence of such laws, a culture of transparency can be difficult to effectuate. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 3 June 2024 Phillips expressed hope that the United States would win the war with England and effectuate the soaring ideals of the Declaration: The war will make all England bankrupt. Natan Ehrenreich, National Review, 31 May 2024 Hobbs credited Cook with adding an emergency clause to effectuate Arizona joining the compact on Friday upon her signing the HB 2751 into law. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2024 What's critical is affording ourselves grace in doing our best to effectuate positive change. Simone E. Morris, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 He can be legitimately accused of effectuating an open-border policy, but that is a disagreement on policy. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 4 Feb. 2024 Understanding the mechanisms—inevitable and otherwise—that effectuated that shift is an exercise Cohen leaves to the reader. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 Tesla's conduct, effectuated through the Diversion Team, violated and breached its warranties. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2023 As such, the norm is that no order need be issued to effectuate IOP amendments. Jack Kelly and Matthew Defour, Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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"

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of effectuate was circa 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Effectuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectuate. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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ef·​fec·​tu·​ate i-ˈfek-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce effectuate (audio)
effectuated; effectuating
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