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take effect

To begin to work or become effective. How long until these pills take effect? My back is killing me! This piece of legislation takes effect next week.
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take efˈfect


1 have the intended result: It will be some time before the painkillers take effect.
2 (formal) start to be valid: Your promotion takes effect from the end of the month.
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take effect

1. To become operative, as under law or regulation: The curfew takes effect at midnight.
2. To produce the desired reaction: The antibiotics at last began to take effect.
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Mayor James Hahn is expected to sign the measure, which would then take effect in 30 days.
Fujioka was said to have told the mayor he was following the regulations of both the existing charter and new one that will take effect July 1 - directing him to report to both the mayor and City Council.
With the city's sign ordinance due to take effect late next year, staff members are fine-tuning the document so that business owners can make changes with minimal confusion.
The ordinance, which was approved by the council in November 1990, does not take effect until Nov.
The ordinance will take effect 30 days after the notice of the ordinance is published.