Affect - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈfekt|  American pronunciation of the word affect
Brit.  |əˈfɛkt|  British pronunciation of the word affect


- the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion


- have an effect upon(syn: impact, touch)
- act physically on; have an effect upon
- connect closely and often incriminatingly(syn: involve, regard)
- make believe with the intent to deceive (syn: dissemble, feign, pretend, sham)
- have an emotional or cognitive impact upon (syn: impress, move, strike)


He has never affected to be surprised.

Any body affects some regular shape.

Trading has been adversely affected by the downturn in consumer spending.

We were all deeply affected by her death.

As usual, Simon affected complete boredom.

He used to affect a foreign accent.

Will the new rules affect me?

the medicine affects my heart rate

This new ruling affects your business

These problems affect people at all levels of society.

The scandal may affect his chances for election.

The scratch didn't affect the car's overall appearance.

An emotional upset can affect your physical health.

a study of health problems that can affect young infants

...we deluded ourselves into thinking that the ice cream wouldn't affect our diet...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: affect
he/she/it: affects
present participle: affecting
past tense: affected
past participle: affected
singular: affect
plural: affects
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