|1.||to act upon or influence, esp in an adverse way: damp affected the sparking plugs|
|2.||to move or disturb emotionally or mentally: her death affected him greatly|
|3.||(of pain, disease, etc) to attack|
|4.||psychol See also affection the emotion associated with an idea or set of ideas|
|[C17: from Latin affectus, past participle of afficere to act upon, from ad- to + facere to do]|
|1.||to put on an appearance or show of; make a pretence of: to affect ignorance|
|2.||to imitate or assume, esp pretentiously: to affect an accent|
|3.||to have or use by preference: she always affects funereal clothing|
|4.||to adopt the character, manner, etc, of: he was always affecting the politician|
|5.||(of plants or animals) to live or grow in: penguins affect an arctic climate|
|6.||to incline naturally or habitually towards: falling drops of liquid affect roundness|
|[C15: from Latin affectāre to strive after, pretend to have; related to afficere to |
affect af·fect (ə-fěkt')
v. af·fect·ed, af·fect·ing, af·fects
To have an influence on or affect a change in.
To attack or infect, as a disease.
A feeling or emotion as distinguished from thought, or action.
A strong feeling with active consequences.