effectuate

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From the participle stem of Renaissance Latin effectuare, or its source, Latin effectus (effect); probably after Middle French effectuer.

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effectuate (third-person singular simple present effectuates, present participle effectuating, simple past and past participle effectuated)

  1. (transitive) To cause, bring about (an event); to accomplish, to carry out (a wish, plan etc.). [from 16th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. III, ch. 88:
      [T]he next necessary step was to elude the vigilance of my guard: and in this manner did I effectuate my purpose.

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