Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
  2. (verb, body) act physically on; have an effect upon
  3. (verb, change) have an effect upon
  4. (verb, communication) make believe with the intent to deceive
    He shammed a headache
  5. (verb, emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    This behavior struck me as odd
  6. (verb, stative) connect closely and often incriminatingly

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Origin of the word Affect

  1. 14c., "mental state," from L. affectus, pp. of afficere "act on, have influence on, to do something to," a verb of broad meaning, from ad- "to" + facere (pp. factus) "do" (see factitious). The verb meaning "to make an impression on" is attested from 1630s. more
  2. "to make a pretense of," 1660s, earlier "to assume the character of (someone)" (1590s); originally in Eng. "to aim at, aspire to, make for" (late 15c.), from M.Fr. affecter (15c.), from L. affectare "to strive after, aim at," freq. of afficere (pp. affectus) "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Affect

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