• WordNet 3.6
    • v affect act physically on; have an effect upon "the medicine affects my heart rate"
    • v affect have an effect upon "Will the new rules affect me?"
    • v affect make believe with the intent to deceive "He feigned that he was ill","He shammed a headache"
    • v affect have an emotional or cognitive impact upon "This child impressed me as unusually mature","This behavior struck me as odd"
    • v affect connect closely and often incriminatingly "This new ruling affects your business"
    • n affect the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
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Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
    • Affect Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
    • Affect (Psychotherapy) 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.
    • Affect To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon. "As might affect the earth with cold heat.""The climate affected their health and spirits."
    • Affect To aim at; to aspire; to covet. "This proud man affects imperial way."
    • Affect To assign; to appoint. "One of the domestics was affected to his special service."
    • Affect To dispose or incline. "Men whom they thought best affected to religion and their country's liberty."
    • Affect To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch. "A consideration of the rationale of our passions seems to me very necessary for all who would affect them upon solid and pure principles."
    • Affect To love; to regard with affection. "As for Queen Katharine, he rather respected than affected , rather honored than loved, her."
    • Affect To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance. "Careless she is with artful care, Affecting to seem unaffected.""Thou dost affect my manners."
    • Affect To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually. "For he does neither affect company, nor is he fit for it, indeed.""Do not affect the society of your inferiors in rank, nor court that of the great."
    • Affect To tend to by affinity or disposition. "The drops of every fluid affect a round figure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.
    • affect To aim at; aspire to; endeavor after.
    • affect To use or adopt by preference; choose; prefer; tend toward habitually or naturally.
    • affect To be pleased with; take pleasure in; fancy; like; love.
    • affect To make a show of; put on a pretense of; assume the appearance of; pretend; feign: as, to affect ignorance.
    • affect To use as a model; imitate in any way.
    • affect To resemble; smack of.
    • affect To incline; be disposed.
    • affect To make a show; put on airs; manifest affectation.
    • affect To act upon; produce an effect or a change upon; influence; move or touch: as, cold affects the body; loss affects our interests.
    • affect To urge; incite.
    • affect To render liable to a charge of; show to be chargeable with.
    • affect To assign; allot; apply: now only in the passive.
    • affect Synonyms To work upon; to concern, relate to, interest, bear upon; to melt, soften, subdue, change. Affect and effect are sometimes confused. To affect is to influence, concern; to effect is to accomplish or bring about.
    • n affect Affection; passion; sensation; inclination; inward disposition or feeling.
    • n affect State or condition of body; the way in which a thing is affected or disposed.
    • n affect In psychology: The felt or affective component of a motive to action; the incentive, as opposed to the inducement, to act. See the extract.
    • n affect Emotion.
    • n affect In Spinoza's philosophy, a modification at once of the psychic and the physical condition, the former element being called an idea and the latter an affection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate kills dogs. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
    • v.t Affect af-fekt′ to act upon: to produce a change upon: to move the feelings: to assign, apply (only in pass.)
    • v.t Affect af-fekt′ to make a show or pretence of, to assume, to counterfeit or pretend to, to take upon one's self to: :
    • v.t Affect af-fekt′ to act upon: to produce a change upon: to move the feelings: to assign, apply (only in pass.)
    • v.t Affect af-fekt′ (obs.) to aim at, seek to obtain
    • v.t Affect af-fekt′ (arch.) have a liking for, to love: to practise, wear, or frequent: to haunt or inhabit by preference
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.”
  • Aristotle
    “The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.”
  • Aristotle
    “Most people would rather give than get affection.”
  • Jane Austen
    “In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.”
  • Washington Irving
    “A woman's life is a history of the affections.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. affectus, p. p. of afficere, to affect by active agency; ad, + facere, to make: cf. F. affectere, L. affectare, freq. of afficere,. See Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. affectāre, freq. of afficĕre. See Affect above.


In literature:

My appetite at breakfast was not affected by my ignorance of the facts, motives, events and conclusions.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Even the understanding of the best woman seems to work mainly through her affections.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
It affected Katherine to a certain seriousness.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Then her affection became fixed on a young girl; but how could she make her suit to one apparently of her own sex?
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Hence the ills of life are the mode of manifestation of the aleatory element which has most affected life policy.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
We have already spoken of this power, as affecting the intellect of children.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
She was not willing that the children should witness the tender and affecting interview which, under such circumstances, must take place.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
If the father is affected, but not the wife, the child may escape.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
How did the invasion of England by William of Normandy affect the commerce of the English people?
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The bird was so much affected that he could not stand upon his legs, he appeared drunk, and his excrements became reddish.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering

In poetry:

Ah me, to find
Words, that might affect thy mind!
Melt thy heart!
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
How should it affect him
If some mocking-birds
Clamour at his words,
Or the world neglect him?
"The Sense Of Right" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Talent that's cheapest
Affects singularity.
Thoughts that dive deepest
Rise radiant in clarity.
"Art Maxims" by William Watson
The young man's fancy turns
In almost all directions;
Promiscuously burns
The lamp of his affections.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
The glorious light of golden days
Do ye again unfold?
The old affections that I lost,
Do I once more behold?
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
Achilles loved the pretty slave
Briseis for her fair complexion;
And to Tecmessa Ajax gave
His young affection.
"Xanthias Jollied" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

Researchers have discovered a chemical that could be used to develop completely new drugs to treat metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes – a condition affecting 25 million people in the United States.
Bioscience Authority Controversy Won't Affect NBAF.
Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children.
New cancer drug affects sperm, study shows.
The fertility rate is not expected to rebound for at least two years and could affect birthrates for years to come, according to Demographic Intelligence, a Charlottesville, Va.
The rise may also reflect a broader trend that affects all age groups, because birthrates have also increased among women in their 20s, 30s and 40s and older unmarried women.
Now I may not be environmentalist but, I do know when (A) affects (B) eventually C is about to be effected.
The Congressional Black Caucus was founded in 1971 to advocate on behalf of black Americans and hold the president and lawmakers accountable for policies that adversely affect African Americans.
It's unrealistic to think that you'll have the same feelings of affection and connection with stepchildren as you do with your biological children, particularly early in the " blending " process.
A "genetic thrombophilia," or an inherited predisposition to develop blood clots, affects both you and your family.
Blood type may affect heart risk.
Your blood type might affect your risk for stroke.
Researchers say blood type may affect stroke risk.
(AP) — Your blood type might affect your risk for stroke.
Blood vessel /nitric oxide health may affect Alzheimer's risk.

In science:

Mutatis mutandis disorder in the system affects the parameters of the Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
Let us stress that all other properties of such systems will also be strongly affected by interaction induced disorder.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
Due to a steep rotation curve, the line emission at the center of UGC 12687 spans the entire bandpass, leaving only 4 line-free continuum channels at the high velocity end of the data cube while some line emission at the low velocity edge of the bandpass is severely affected by the high noise level.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
One of the more curious aspects of the KennicuttCowie-Toomre star formation criterion is that it successfully works at all, considering the number of physical processes which affect the value of Σc .
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Additionally, there is energy dissipation, magnetic field lines, etc. which should also affect Σc (i.e.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions