AskDefine | Define affect

Dictionary Definition

affect n : the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion


1 have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?" [syn: impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch]
2 act physically on; have an effect upon
3 connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business" [syn: involve, regard]
4 make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham, pretend, dissemble]
5 have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd" [syn: impress, move, strike]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl frm affecter < etyl la adfectus.


  • Noun:
    • , /ˈæfɛkt/, /"

Extensive Definition

The term Affect generally suggests an emotion. It is used in various ways in various contexts:
Please note that although the word "affect" is most commonly found in verb form, it also exists as a noun, and as such is often confused with the word "effect" (itself most commonly a noun, but occasionally found in verb form).
affect in Finnish: Affekti

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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