take effect

idiomatic phrase

Definition of take effect

1 : to become operative The new regulations will take effect next year.
2 : to begin producing an expected or intended effect or result waiting for the drug to take effect

First Known Use of take effect

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Take effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20effect. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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