the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch(verb)
have an effect upon
"Will the new rules affect me?"
act physically on; have an effect upon
"the medicine affects my heart rate"
involve, affect, regard(verb)
connect closely and often incriminatingly
"This new ruling affects your business"
feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)
make believe with the intent to deceive
"He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
affect, impress, move, strike(verb)
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
"This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
to act upon; to produce an effect or change upon
to influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch
to love; to regard with affection
to show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually
to dispose or incline
to aim at; to aspire; to covet
to tend to by affinity or disposition
to make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance
to assign; to appoint
affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition
Origin: [L. affectus.]
Affect refers to the experience of feeling or emotion. Affect is a key part of the process of an organism's interaction with stimuli. The word also refers sometimes to affect display, which is "a facial, vocal, or gestural behavior that serves as an indicator of affect". The affective domain represents one of the three divisions described in modern psychology: the cognitive, the conative, and the affective. Classically, these divisions have also been referred to as the "ABC of psychology", in that case using the terms "affect", "behavior", and "cognition". In certain views, the conative may be considered as a part of the affective, or the affective as a part of the cognitive.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
af-fekt′, v.t. to act upon: to produce a change upon: to move the feelings: to assign, apply (only in pass.).—adj. Affect′ed, touched with a feeling either for or against (with by): full of affectation: feigned.—adv. Affect′edly.—n. Affect′edness.—adj. Affect′ing, having power to move the passions: pathetic.—adv. Affect′ingly. [L. afficĕre, affectum—ad, to, facĕre, to do.]
af-fekt′, v.t. to make a show or pretence of, to assume, to counterfeit or pretend to, to take upon one's self to: (obs.) to aim at, seek to obtain: (arch.) have a liking for, to love: to practise, wear, or frequent: to haunt or inhabit by preference.—n. Affectā′tion, a striving after, or an attempt to assume, what is not natural or real: pretence. [L. affectāre, freq. of afficĕre. See Affect above.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'affect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2232
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'affect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1926
Rank popularity for the word 'affect' in Verbs Frequency: #169
The numerical value of affect in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of affect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Little things affect little minds.
To affect the quality of the day that is the art of life.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
I have found it difficult to endear myself to those who could best positively affect the quality of my life.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
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Translations for affect
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- въздействам, имитирам, засягам, вълнувам, афект, поразявам, действам, преструвам сеBulgarian
- afectar, afecteCatalan, Valencian
- ovlivnit, postihnoutCzech
- Affekt, beeinflussen, vortäuschen, rühren, fingieren, bewegenGerman
- προσβάλλω, βλάπτω, επιδρώ, κάνω, συγκινώ, αίσθηση, επηρεάζω, προσποιούμαιGreek
- afectar, fingir, conmoverSpanish
- vahingoittaa, affekti, esittää, liikuttaa, teeskennellä, vaikuttaaFinnish
- émouvoir, affecter, feindreFrench
- commuovere, fingereItalian
- emotioneren, aantasten, beïnvloeden, veinzen, ontroerenDutch
- affektere, affekt, influereNorwegian
- afeto, afetar, fingir, comoverPortuguese
- аффект, трогать, делать вид, влиять, любить, поражать, прикидываться, воздействовать, предпочитать, менять, нравиться, волновать, притворятьсяRussian
- skada, påverka, åstadkomma, influera, fingera, drabba, beröra, röraSwedish
- có ảnh hưởng đếnVietnamese
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