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effect — noun as in:  the effect of the rule is

We are studying the effects of the law.
result or consequence
effect — noun as in:  the rule takes effect on

The law takes effect on January 1st.
go into use (typically as "in effect" or "take effect")
effect — verb as in:  effect change by a new rule

One of the vest ways to effect change is to vote.
to make happen
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