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- (transitive) To cause, bring about (an event); to accomplish, to carry out (a wish, plan etc.). [from 16th c.]
- 2022 January 11, Charles Lane, “Opinion: On vaccine mandates, the Supreme Court is doing a job Congress should have finished long ago”, in The Washington Post:
- A military draft derives from Congress’s power to raise armies; federal jury duty effectuates the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial.
to be the cause of