Definition of Affect in English :

Define Affect in English

Affect meaning in English

Meaning of Affect in English

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Affect pronunciation in English

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1. affect

the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion


2. affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

have an effect upon

Example Sentences:
'Will the new rules affect me?'

3. affect

act physically on; have an effect upon

Example Sentences:
'the medicine affects my heart rate'

4. affect, involve, regard

connect closely and often incriminatingly

Example Sentences:
'This new ruling affects your business'

5. affect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham

make believe with the intent to deceive

Example Sentences:
'He feigned that he was ill'
'He shammed a headache'

6. affect, impress, move, strike

have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Example Sentences:
'This child impressed me as unusually mature'
'This behavior struck me as odd'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of affect
verb (əˈfɛkt ) (transitive)
to act upon or influence, esp in an adverse way
damp affected the sparking plugs
to move or disturb emotionally or mentally
her death affected him greatly
(of pain, disease, etc) to attack
noun (ˈæfɛkt , əˈfɛkt )
4. psychology
the emotion associated with an idea or set of ideas
See also affection
verb (mainly tr)
to put on an appearance or show of; make a pretence of
to affect ignorance
to imitate or assume, esp pretentiously
to affect an accent
to have or use by preference
she always affects funereal clothing
to adopt the character, manner, etc, of
he was always affecting the politician
(of plants or animals) to live or grow in
penguins affect an arctic climate
to incline naturally or habitually towards
falling drops of liquid affect roundness

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see synonyms of affect
verb transitive
to have an effect on; influence; produce a change in
bright light affects the eyes
to move or stir the emotions of
his death affected us deeply
3.  Obsolete
a disposition or tendency
4.  Psychology
an emotion or feeling attached to an idea, object, etc.
in general, emotion or emotional response
verb transitive
to like to have, use, wear, be in, etc.
she affects plaid coats
to make a pretense of being, having, feeling, liking, etc.; feign
to affect indifference
3.  Archaic
to aim at; seek

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of affect
tr.v. af·fect·ed, af·fect·ing, af·fects
1. To have an influence on or effect a change in: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
2. To act on the emotions of; touch or move. See Synonyms at move.
3. To attack or infect, as a disease: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.
n. (ăfĕkt)
1. Feeling or emotion, especially as manifested by facial expression or body language: "The soldiers seen on television had been carefully chosen for blandness of affect" (Norman Mailer).
2. Obsolete A disposition, feeling, or tendency.
tr.v. af·fect·ed, af·fect·ing, af·fects
1. To put on a false show of; simulate: affected a British accent.
a. To have or show a liking for: affects dramatic clothes.
b. Archaic To fancy; love.
3. To tend to by nature; tend to assume: a substance that affects crystalline form.
4. To imitate; copy: "Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language" (Ben Jonson).

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