What does take effect mean?

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  1. (idiomatic) to become active; to become effective
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Commissioners had to forward the certification to the recorder of deeds before the change could take effect.
Although the change would not take effect until 2013, the unions threatened industrial action.
The law, enacted in response to a state payoff scandal, was set to take effect at the start of the year.
An office minute recommending dissolution of this forum to take effect from early April 2007 is being drafted for Second Commissioner approval.
By the time we see the benefits take effect, many of today's commuters will have quit the rat race for a more convenient life.
She paused long enough to let the change of direction take effect, then resumed the rapid, rhythmless speech.

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