Definitions for: Affect


[n] the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
[v] act physically on; have an effect upon
[v] have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
[v] make believe; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
[v] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
[v] connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business"



Webster (1913) Definition: Af*fect" ([a^]f*f[e^]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Affected; p. pr. & vb. n. Affecting.] [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.]
1. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.

As might affect the earth with cold heat. --Milton.

The climate affected their health and spirits.
--Macaulay.

2. 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. --Burke.

3. To love; to regard with affection. [Obs.]

As for Queen Katharine, he rather respected than
affected, rather honored than loved, her. --Fuller.

4. 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. --Shak.

Do not affect the society of your inferiors in rank,
nor court that of the great. --Hazlitt.

5. To dispose or incline.

Men whom they thought best affected to religion and
their country's liberty. --Milton.

6. To aim at; to aspire; to covet. [Obs.]

This proud man affects imperial ?way. --Dryden.

7. To tend to by affinity or disposition.

The drops of every fluid affect a round figure.
--Newton.

8. 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. --Congreve.

Thou dost affect my manners. --Shak.

9. To assign; to appoint. [R.]

One of the domestics was affected to his special
service. --Thackeray.

Syn: To influence; operate; act on; concern; move; melt;
soften; subdue; overcome; pretend; assume.


Af*fect", n. [L. affectus.]
Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition. [Obs.]
--Shak.


Af*fect", n. (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.

Synonyms: bear on, bear upon, dissemble, feign, impact, impress, involve, move, pretend, regard, sham, strike, touch, touch on

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