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To have an effect - thesaurus

Synonyms

shape

verb

to influence the way that a person, idea, or situation develops

impact

verb

to have an effect or influence on someone or something

affect

verb

to change or influence something. If something affects something else, it has an effect on it

put

verb

to cause someone or something to be in a particular situation or state

interact

verb

if two or more things interact, or if one thing interacts with another, they affect or change one another in some way

get

verb

to cause someone or something to be in a particular state

reverberate

verb

formal to have an effect that spreads over a wide area or lasts for a long time

make a difference

to have an important effect on something, especially a good effect

come into play

to start to happen or have an effect

take effect

to start to produce the results that were intended

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act

verb

to start to have an effect

bring out

to make someone or something show a quality that they have

call on

to produce a particular quality in yourself, especially by making a great effort

catch up with

to begin to have an effect on someone

concern

verb

to involve or affect someone

condition

verb

formal to control or influence something

creep in

to gradually start to affect or change something

cut across

to affect two or more different groups

dictate

verb

to influence or control how something is done

do

verb

to have a good or harmful effect

get

verb

to make or help someone or something start doing something, making progress, or going somewhere

give

verb

to make something look, taste, smell, sound, or feel a particular way

have some/no bearing on something

to be relevant/not relevant to something, or to have /an influence/no influence on it

hit

verb

to suddenly start to affect someone or something

impinge on

to have an effect on something, especially in a negative way

imprint

verb

to make something have a strong and permanent influence on someone or something

interaction

noun

the process by which different things affect each other or change each other

interrelationship

noun

the way in which two or more things affect each other because they are related in some way

kick in

informal to start to have an effect

make

verb

to cause someone or something to be in a particular state or to change to another state

make a difference

something that makes a lot of difference has a good effect on a person or situation

make or break

to help someone or something to be very successful or to cause them to fail completely

operate

verb

if something such as a rule, idea, or fact operates, it exists and has an effect in a particular situation

penetrate

verb

to reach or affect something such as a part of society

plunge into

to suddenly put someone or something in a particular state or situation

resurface

verb

to start to have an effect again

set

verb

to put someone or something in a particular state

set

verb

to do something that influences the way that other things are done or the way that other people behave

set in

if something unpleasant sets in, it starts to happen and have an effect, and is not likely to stop for a long time

settle

verb

mainly literary to begin to have an effect on someone or something

stabilise

a British spelling of stabilize

stabilize

verb

to make something stabilize

summon

verb

to manage to produce a quality or a reaction that helps you to deal with a difficult situation

tell

verb

to have an effect that can be clearly seen, especially a bad effect

tilt

verb

to influence a situation in a particular way, or to be influenced in a particular way

trickle down

to have an effect gradually or after a long time

win

verb

to be the most important reason why someone succeeds or achieves something

work

verb

to have a particular effect or result

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