What does affect mean?

Definitions for affect
əˈfɛkt; ˈæf ɛktaf·fect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affectverb

    the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion

  2. affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touchverb

    have an effect upon

    "Will the new rules affect me?"

  3. affectverb

    act physically on; have an effect upon

    "the medicine affects my heart rate"

  4. involve, affect, regardverb

    connect closely and often incriminatingly

    "This new ruling affects your business"

  5. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissembleverb

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"

  6. affect, impress, move, strikeverb

    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

    "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Affectnoun

    Etymology: from the verb affect.

    It seemeth that as the feet have a sympathy with the head; so the wrists have a sympathy with the heart; we see the affects and passions of the heart and spirits are notably disclosed by the pulse. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 97.

    I find it difficult to make out one single ulcer, as authors describe it, without other symptoms or affects joined to it. Richard Wiseman.

  2. To AFFECTverb

    Etymology: affecter, Fr. afficio, affectum, Lat.

    The sun
    Had first his precept so to move, so shine,
    As might affect the earth with cold, and heat,
    Scarce tolerable. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    The generality of men are wholly governed by names, in matters of good and evil; so far as these qualities relate to, and affect, the actions of men. Robert South, Sermons.

    Yet even those two particles do reciprocally affect each other with the same force and vigour, as they would do at the same distance in any other situation imaginable. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    As a thinking man cannot but be very much affected with the idea of his appearing in the presence of that Being, whom none can see and live; he must be much more affected, when he considers, that this Being whom he appears before, will examine the actions of his life, and reward or punish him accordingly. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 513.

    Atrides broke
    His silence next, but ponder’d ere he spoke:
    Wise are thy words, and glad I would obey,
    But this proud man affects imperial sway. John Dryden, Iliad.

    The drops of every fluid affect a round figure, by the mutual attraction of their parts; as, the globe of the earth and sea affects a round figure, by the mutual attraction of its parts by gravity. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    That little which some of the heathen did chance to hear, concerning such matter as the sacred Scripture plentifully containeth, they did in wonderful sort affect. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    There is your crown;
    And he that wears the crown immortally,
    Long guard it yours! If I affect it more,
    Than as your honour, and as your renown,
    Let me no more from this obedience rise. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Think not that wars we love, and strife affect;
    Or that we hate sweet peace. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

    None but a woman could a man direct
    To tell us women what we most affect. John Dryden, Wife of Bath.

    Another nymph, amongst the many fair,
    Before the rest affected still to stand,
    And watch’d my eye preventing my command. Matthew Prior.

    These often carry the humour so far, till their affected coldness and indifference quite kills all the fondness of a lover. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 171.

    The conscious husband, whom like symptoms seize,
    Charges on her the guilt of their disease;
    Affecting fury, acts a madman’s part,
    He’ll rip the fatal secret from her heart. George Granville.

    Edmund Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language; yet I would have him read for his matter, but as Virgil read Ennius. Ben Jonson, Discoveries.

    By the civil law, if a dowry with a wife be promised and not paid, the husband is not obliged to allow her alimony. But if her parents shall become insolvent by some misfortune, she shall have alimony, unless you can affect them with fraud, in promising what they knew they were not able to perform. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. affect

    Affect refers to the observable display of one's own emotions or feelings, often through physical behavior such as facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, etc. In a psychological context, it can also describe a subjective feeling or response towards certain stimuli.

  2. affect

    Affect is a psychological term that describes observable emotional responses or feelings, which can be seen through a person's facial expressions, voice tone, body language, or behavior. It is a key element of human emotion, varying in three main elements: intensity, duration, and type. Affect can also refer to the act of influencing or changing something.

  3. affect

    Affect, as a verb, generally refers to the action of causing or influencing a change or result in someone or something. As a noun, in the field of psychology, it refers to an observed emotional response or feeling.

  4. affect

    Affect generally refers to the observable expression of emotion or feelings displayed through facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, and behavior. It can also refer to the experience of feeling or emotion internally. In psychology, 'affect' is often used to describe someone's emotion or mood at a specific moment. Moreover, it can also be used as a verb meaning to make a difference to or have an effect on someone or something.

  5. affect

    Affect is a term used in psychology to describe a person's emotional state, mood, or feelings. This can refer to immediate emotional reactions or long-term emotional states. Affect can also be used as a verb, meaning to have an influence on or make a difference to something or someone.

  6. affect

    Affect refers to an emotional response, subjective feeling or mood. It also describes the act of consciously influencing or changing something. In psychology, it refers to the observable expression of emotion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affectverb

    to act upon; to produce an effect or change upon

  2. Affectverb

    to influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch

  3. Affectverb

    to love; to regard with affection

  4. Affectverb

    to show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually

  5. Affectverb

    to dispose or incline

  6. Affectverb

    to aim at; to aspire; to covet

  7. Affectverb

    to tend to by affinity or disposition

  8. Affectverb

    to make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance

  9. Affectverb

    to assign; to appoint

  10. Affectnoun

    affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition

  11. Etymology: [L. affectus.]


  1. Affect

    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

  1. Affect

    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, affectumad, to, facĕre, to do.]

  2. Affect

    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

  1. Affect

    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.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'affect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2232

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'affect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1926

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'affect' in Verbs Frequency: #169

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affect in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of affect in a Sentence

  1. Rick Hasen:

    Voting Right Act's not like the court saying,' You can't have the rainbow coalition,' would affect a lot of districts and would overturn existing understandings, i think there's just an uncertainty about Voting Right Act.

  2. Raj Dasgupta:

    Poor sleep can also affect your motivation to exercise in the first place. You might find yourself dreading your normal workouts and hating every minute in the gym, which is not good for long-term adherence to a fitness plan.

  3. Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik:

    We have reduced our output a little and hope that if other countries follow our example this will positively affect the global markets, we are not freezing anything.

  4. Chang Chun:

    This looks like a trend and it will affect core inflation at some stage. So the PBOC will very likely react to such deflation concerns.

  5. Commissioner Taufiqqurahman Syahuri:

    Even if it is proven that the judge violated ethical codes, it won't affect the court's earlier decision, we cannot annul a decision from a court, such a thing can only be done by a higher court. What has been decided is final. The Judicial Commission can punish the judge, but ethical and legal matters are different.

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  • تؤثرArabic
  • вълнувам, афект, поразявам, действам, преструвам се, засягам, имитирам, въздействамBulgarian
  • afecte, afectarCatalan, Valencian
  • postihnout, ovlivnitCzech
  • bewegen, Affekt, rühren, fingieren, vortäuschen, beeinflussenGerman
  • επηρεάζω, επιδρώ, κάνω, βλάπτω, προσποιούμαι, συγκινώ, αίσθηση, προσβάλλωGreek
  • conmover, fingir, afectarSpanish
  • vaikuttaa, teeskennellä, liikuttaa, vahingoittaa, esittää, affektiFinnish
  • affecter, émouvoir, feindreFrench
  • afectarGalician
  • fingere, commuovereItalian
  • kawekaweMāori
  • påvirkeNorwegian
  • ontroeren, emotioneren, aantasten, veinzen, beïnvloedenDutch
  • affektere, affekt, influereNorwegian
  • oddziaływaćPolish
  • comover, afeto, fingir, afetarPortuguese
  • трогать, аффект, прикидываться, притворяться, воздействовать, предпочитать, поражать, любить, влиять, менять, нравиться, делать вид, волноватьRussian
  • aфектSerbo-Croatian
  • afektSlovene
  • influera, fingera, röra, drabba, åstadkomma, beröra, skada, påverkaSwedish
  • பாதிக்கும்Tamil
  • впливатиUkrainian
  • có ảnh hưởng đếnVietnamese
  • 影響Chinese

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