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 effectuation (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 To effectuate the substitution, the party will now nominate Ms. Nixon for a seat in the state Assembly and Mr. Williams for a seat in the state Senate. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Working Families Party Decides to Back Cuomo in Election," 3 Oct. 2018 This does not mean that all pregnant aliens will be detained; only those whose detention is necessary to effectuate removal, as well as those deemed a flight risk or danger to the community. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Pregnant Women Are Allegedly Being Denied Medical Care in Immigration Detention Centers," 10 July 2018 The biggest thing is to have communication from the people that are effectuating it. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "East Bay congressman says California limited in blocking Trump detention centers," 28 June 2018 The president has even had to be coached to effectuate simple human feelings. Jim Nelson, GQ, "Trump Is Our Nation's Worst Commander-in-Grief," 21 May 2018 In November, Winterkorn was advised of this recall in a one-page memo that estimates the fix would cost just €20 million to effectuate — a negligible sum for a company whose 2014 net operating profit would come to €12.7 billion. Roger Parloff, Fortune, "How VW Paid $25 Billion for 'Dieselgate' — and Got Off Easy," 6 Feb. 2018 The statements also reveal President Trump’s intended means of effectuating the ban: by targeting majority-Muslim nations instead of Muslims explicitly. Matt Ford, The Atlantic, "Only the Supreme Court Can Save Trump's Travel Ban Now," 25 May 2017 All the while, black people are harmed, but the people who effectuated that harm have no accountability. Preston Mitchum, The Root, "Dear Miley Cyrus: Hip-Hop Culture Never Needed You and It Won’t Miss You," 8 May 2017 The city said that statements from MIDDD board members confirm the agency failed to inspect and exercise due care of effectuating repairs. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit puts cloud over Macomb County sewer line repair," 8 May 2017

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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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“Effectuate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectuates. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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