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affect - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'affect' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Affect [ n.]
- Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
2 . Affect [ v. t.]
- To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.
- To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch.
- To love; to regard with affection.
- To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually.
- To dispose or incline.
- To aim at; to aspire; to covet.
- To tend to by affinity or disposition.
- To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance.
- To assign; to appoint.

Meaning of 'affect' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . affect [ v]
Meaning (1):
- make believe with the intent to deceive
Example in sentence:
  • He feigned that he was ill;
  • He shammed a headache
Meaning (2):
- have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
Example in sentence:
  • he was dumb-struck by the news;
  • her comments struck a sour note;
  • This behavior struck me as odd;
  • This child impressed me as unusually mature
Meaning (3):
- act physically on; have an effect upon
Example in sentence:
  • the medicine affects my heart rate
Meaning (4):
- connect closely and often incriminatingly
Example in sentence:
  • This new ruling affects your business
Meaning (5):
- have an effect upon
Example in sentence:
  • Will the new rules affect me?