■ 8 [PHRASE] PHR with cl △You add in effect to a statement or opinion that is not precisely accurate, but which you feel is a reasonable description or summary of a particular situation. (=effectively)
- That deal would create, in effect, the world's biggest airline.
■ in effect: (1) used when you are stating what the facts of a situation are
- In effect, the two systems are identical.
- His wife had, in effect, run the government for the past six months.
- By asking for these particular qualifications, you are, in effect, excluding most women from applying.
■ in effect: used when you are describing what you see as the real facts of a situation
- In effect, we'll be earning less than we were last year.
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