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 They were called into duty as extra personnel to effectuate the service of the search warrant. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Read what Daniel Cameron said about the grand jury's findings in the Breonna Taylor case," 23 Sep. 2020 That was not the time and place to effectuate the arrest. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Outcry After 18-Year-Old Protestor Is Seen Being Pulled into Unmarked NYPD Van in Viral Video," 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, "Fact check: United Kingdom finished paying off debts to slave-owning families in 2015," 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, "Supreme Court Allows Trump to Implement Income-Based Restrictions on Immigration," 27 Jan. 2020 Conduct pre-boarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "First Californian to die from coronavirus likely caught it on cruise ship, health officials say," 4 Mar. 2020 Citing national trends — ones that are, in large part, the making of activists like herself — is a common line of argument deployed by activists to effectuate their deinstitutionalization agenda. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Who Decides Where Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Should Live?," 18 Nov. 2019 Baroni and Kelly were convicted of defrauding the Port Authority of money and property because time and labor was required to effectuate the lane realignment. David Porter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Convicts in ‘Bridgegate’ asking Supreme Court to toss case," 17 Sep. 2019 One lesson of the Trump administration is that having a real institutional infrastructure, something more than a network of anonymous Twitter accounts, is necessary to effectuate sweeping political change. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, "Why Donald Trump Jr. Was Heckled by ‘America First Nationalists’," 14 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectuate. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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