American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To have an influence on or effect a change in: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
- v. To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
- v. To attack or infect, as a disease: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.
- n. Feeling or emotion, especially as manifested by facial expression or body language: "The soldiers seen on television had been carefully chosen for blandness of affect” ( Norman Mailer).
- n. Obsolete A disposition, feeling, or tendency.
- v. To put on a false show of; simulate: affected a British accent.
- v. To have or show a liking for: affects dramatic clothes.
- v. Archaic To fancy; love.
- v. To tend to by nature; tend to assume: a substance that affects crystalline form.
- v. To imitate; copy: "Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language” ( Ben Jonson).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To aim at; aspire to; endeavor after.
- To use or adopt by preference; choose; prefer; tend toward habitually or naturally.
- To be pleased with; take pleasure in; fancy; like; love.
- To make a show of; put on a pretense of; assume the appearance of; pretend; feign: as, to affect ignorance.
- To use as a model; imitate in any way.
- To resemble; smack of.
- To incline; be disposed.
- To make a show; put on airs; manifest affectation.
- To act upon; produce an effect or a change upon; influence; move or touch: as, cold affects the body; loss affects our interests.
- To urge; incite.
- To render liable to a charge of; show to be chargeable with.
- To assign; allot; apply: now only in the passive.
- 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. Affection; passion; sensation; inclination; inward disposition or feeling.
- n. State or condition of body; the way in which a thing is affected or disposed.
- n. 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. Emotion.
- n. 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.
- v. transitive To influence or alter.
- v. transitive To move to emotion.
- v. transitive Of an illness or condition, to infect or harm (a part of the body).
- v. transitive To aim for, to try to obtain.
- v. transitive To feel affection for; to like, be fond of.
- v. transitive To make a false display of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.
- v. To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch.
- v. obsolete To love; to regard with affection.
- v. To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually.
- v. To dispose or incline.
- v. obsolete To aim at; to aspire; to covet.
- v. To tend to by affinity or disposition.
- v. To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume.
- v. rare To assign; to appoint.
- n. obsolete Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
- n. (Psychotherapy) The emotional complex associated with an idea or mental state. In hysteria, the
affectis sometimes entirely dissociated, sometimes transferred to another than the original idea.
- v. connect closely and often incriminatingly
- v. have an effect upon
- v. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
- n. the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
- v. make believe with the intent to deceive
- v. act physically on; have an effect upon
- Middle English affect, from Latin affectus, adfectus ("a state of mind or body produced by some (external) influence, especially sympathy or love"), from afficere ("to act upon, influence") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English affecten, from Latin afficere, affect-, to do to, act on : ad-, ad- + facere, to do. Middle English affecten, from Latin affectāre, to strive after, frequentative of afficere, affect-, to affect, influence; see affect1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I prefer a more scientific materialist viewpoint myself, that affect is rooted in the kinaesthetics of physiology and is therefore as much a part of physical nature as any other sensory experience.”
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