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Definitions of affect

  1. connect closely and often incriminatingly; " This new ruling affects your business"
  2. the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
  3. act physically on; have an effect upon
  4. have an effect upon; " Will the new rules affect me?"
  5. make believe; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  6. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; " This child impressed me as unusually mature"; " This behavior struck me as odd"
  7. make believe with the intent to deceive; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  8. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.
  9. To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch.
  10. To love; to regard with affection.
  11. To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually.
  12. To dispose or incline.
  13. To aim at; to aspire; to covet.
  14. To tend to by affinity or disposition.
  15. To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance.
  16. To assign; to appoint.
  17. Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
  18. The emotional complex associated with an idea or mental state. In hysteria, the affect is sometimes entirely dissociated, sometimes transferred to another than the original idea.
  19. The feeling- tone accompaniment of an idea or mental representation. It is the most direct psychic derivative of instinct and the psychic representative of the various bodily changes by means of which instincts manifest themselves.
  20. To produce an effect upon; as, heat affects the body; to influence; to be fond of; to pretend.
  21. Feeling ( 2); psychic trauma; the sum of an emotion.
  22. To act upon: to produce a change upon: to move the feelings.
  23. To strive after: to make a show or pretence of: to love: ( B.) to pay court to.
  24. To be inclined to: to prefer. ( Obs.).
  25. To move the feelings; to act upon; aim at; pretend.
  26. To pretend; counterfeit.
  27. To act upon; influence; move emotionally.
  28. To be fond of; love; haunt; frequent.
  29. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon; to move or touch; to aim at; to be fond of; to love; to attempt to imitate in a manner not natural; to make a show or pretence of; to tend to.
  30. To act upon or influence in any way; to make a show of; to move or touch- as the passions.
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Antonyms for affect

jade, pall, weary, tire, react, respond, bore.

Quotes of affect

  1. Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock. – Walter Benjamin
  2. There are a range of associated impacts related to increasing temperatures which affect both evaporation rates and river systems, which are already over stressed, and these will hit farming communities and the health of crop lands. – Peter Garrett
  3. Programmers and marketing people know how to get into your subconscious- they spend millions of dollars researching colors, shapes, designs, symbols, that affect your preferences, and they can make you feel warm, trusting, like buying. They can manipulate you. – Richard Hatch
  4. I've always had a fascination for animals. I loved watching them, and even then I thought of them as beings rather than pets. I call it a birth affect – Tippi Hedren
  5. Americans need to understand the significance of having their civil liberties dismantled. It doesn't just affect terrorists and foreigners, it affects us all. – Bianca Jagger
  6. You weren't going to the theater to change the world, but you had a chance to affect the world, the thinking and the feelings of the world. – James Earl Jones
  7. In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people. – Wilma Mankiller
  8. There were times when there were parts that I was sure I got and then I didn't, and I did get upset. But at this point, it doesn't affect me in the least because I know how the business works. – Ellen Muth
  9. I think that's the main threat in Bosnia and Rwanda and Zaire. There doesn't seem to be much willingness to engage these problems unless they directly affect national security interests. – John Pomfret
  10. Franklin Roosevelt was a great leader. He saw how to use the levers of power to affect change. – Pete du Pont
  11. I have a brother who's a psychologist. He says three -quarters of the world are born feeling that they will be affected by the world; one quarter are born knowing that they will affect the world. – Kathleen Turner
  12. Music can affect for good or ill the body as well as the mind. – Tomas Luis de Victoria
  13. The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue. – Alfred North Whitehead
  14. There were no strategic mistakes that could affect Russia's history and it further development. No, there were no such mistakes. Tactical errors were made in some less significant options, problems and so on. But, on the whole, Russia embarked on a correct path and it changed. – Boris Yeltsin

Usage examples for affect

  1. I do not mean words, because words do not affect simply by their sounds, but by means altogether different. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. Does he affect the station of a gentleman? – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  3. With a load of this character, there is another factor which may affect the economical plant operating load. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  4. I mean to say, this is a proposition that may also affect your excellent companions, Bacon and Dillingford, as well as yourselves. – Green Fancy by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. And pray what authority can it possess in the eyes of your subjects, if the Government affect to despise it? – The Roman Question by Edmond About
  6. 6. How does the school affect the opinions of individuals? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  7. " I assure you," said Bernard, " that this does not affect my opinion in the least. – The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc
  8. It doesn't affect your position or your future in the least. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  9. I cannot tell how that shock may affect him. – Possessed by Cleveland Moffett
  10. But as long as my folly don't affect others, I can stand it." – Devil's Ford by Bret Harte
  11. When it occurs there are two ways in which the injury may affect the animal. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  12. Not that you should affect ignorance; but endeavor to remain within your own proper sphere. – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  13. He could not affect the mind of the lawyer; might he reach now, perhaps, the soul of the man? – The Lifted Bandage by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  14. It will be answered: Certainly, but this Ne temere Decree might affect Protestants also. – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan
  15. But how does it affect the immediate situation? – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  16. He could see, though, how it might affect people who were new to it. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  17. Why do they affect all that mystery? – The Lost Trail by Edward S. Ellis
  18. He had never been afraid of a thunder storm, so it did not affect him now. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  19. The step taken, the marriage over, nothing could any more affect either fact. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
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