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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. Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
  17. 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.
  18. To produce an effect upon; as, heat affects the body; to influence; to be fond of; to pretend.
  19. Feeling ( 2); psychic trauma; the sum of an emotion.
  20. To act upon: to produce a change upon: to move the feelings.
  21. To strive after: to make a show or pretence of: to love: ( B.) to pay court to.
  22. To be inclined to: to prefer. ( Obs.).
  23. To move the feelings; to act upon; aim at; pretend.
  24. To pretend; counterfeit.
  25. To act upon; influence; move emotionally.
  26. To be fond of; love; haunt; frequent.
  27. 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.
  28. To act upon or influence in any way; to make a show of; to move or touch- as the passions.
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Usage examples for affect

  1. Why do they affect all that mystery? – The Lost Trail by Edward S. Ellis
  2. 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
  3. But how does it affect the immediate situation? – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  4. 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.
  5. It doesn't affect your position or your future in the least. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  6. Not that you should affect ignorance; but endeavor to remain within your own proper sphere. – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  7. 6. How does the school affect the opinions of individuals? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. It will be answered: Certainly, but this Ne temere Decree might affect Protestants also. – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan
  11. 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
  12. He could see, though, how it might affect people who were new to it. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  13. The step taken, the marriage over, nothing could any more affect either fact. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
  14. I cannot tell how that shock may affect him. – Possessed by Cleveland Moffett
  15. Does he affect the station of a gentleman? – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  16. But as long as my folly don't affect others, I can stand it." – Devil's Ford by Bret Harte
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