take effect

idiomatic phrase

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

Examples of take effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, rules took effect in 2022 that allow low-income residents to enroll at any time of the year, not just during the annual open enrollment period. Julie Appleby, NPR, 8 Apr. 2024 Fast-food workers California law raising their minimum wage from $16 to $20 an hour took effect April 1. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 7 Apr. 2024 Florida doesn’t have nearly enough doctors to take up the slack, and so, for many patients, the care simply disappeared when the law took effect last May. Casey Parks, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 The state ban takes effect unless recycling of foam products in California reaches 25 percent, which is considered highly unlikely. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Other parts of the bill making changes to ballots and how they are counted would take effect after the election. Erin Mansfield, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 In early May, that six-week ban will take effect following a state Supreme Court decision this week. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 Many luxury homeowners moved to sell their properties last spring before the tax took effect, including celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg and Brad Pitt. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Because the bills did not receive two-thirds support in the Senate, the new law will not take effect until 90 days after the Michigan Legislature concludes its session this year. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of take effect was in the 14th century

Cite this Entry

“Take effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20effect. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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