effectuate

verb
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 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 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

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Effectuate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectuation?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=effect11. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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