Definition of Affect

1. Noun. The conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion.

Generic synonyms: Feeling
Derivative terms: Affectional

2. Verb. Have an effect upon. "Will the new rules affect me?"

3. Verb. Act physically on; have an effect upon. "The medicine affects my heart rate"

4. Verb. Connect closely and often incriminatingly. "This new ruling affects your business"
Exact synonyms: Involve, Regard
Generic synonyms: Bear On, Come To, Concern, Have-to Doe With, Pertain, Refer, Relate, Touch, Touch On
Specialized synonyms: Implicate
Derivative terms: Involvement, Regard

5. Verb. Make believe with the intent to deceive. "He shammed a headache"

6. Verb. Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon. "The good news will affect her"; "This behavior struck me as odd"

Definition of Affect

1. v. t. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.

2. n. Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.

3. n. 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.

Definition of Affect

1. Verb. (transitive) To influence or alter. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To move to emotion. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) Of an illness or condition, to infect or harm (a part of the body). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To aim for, to try to obtain. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive now rare) To feel affection for; to like, be fond of. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To make a false display of. ¹

7. Noun. (obsolete) One's mood or inclination; mental state. (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) A desire, an appetite. (defdate 16th-17th c.) ¹

9. Noun. (psychology) A subjective feeling experienced in response to a thought or other stimulus; mood, emotion, especially as demonstrated in external physical signs. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Affect

1. to give a false appearance of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Affect

1. The feeling-tone accompaniment of an idea or mental representation. It is the most direct psychic derivative of instinct and the psychic representative of the various bodily changes by means of which instincts manifest themselves. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Affect

affaires d'honneur
affect (current term)
affect displacement
affect display
affect displays
affect hunger
affect memory
affect perseverance
affect spasms

Literary usage of Affect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"It is true 13 WAIL. there are some eases which may affect the right* of property of persons who are not parties to the record. Such cases, however, are all ..."

2. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1886)
"... a« fortunes of descendants and of friends generally, the ™™'™* doctrine that they do not affect the departed at all ..."

3. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"I wish now to propose an emendation which will not in any way affect that question, but yet may be considered of some moment, inasmuch as its applicability ..."

4. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"Let Homer nod now and then and affect some negligence in valour or in intellect—not in prudence—so as to disarm malevolence, or at least to prevent its ..."

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