Definitions for affect
əˈfɛkt; ˈæf ɛktaf·fect
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word affect.
the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touchverb
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, regardverb
connect closely and often incriminatingly
"This new ruling affects your business"
feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissembleverb
make believe with the intent to deceive
"He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
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
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.
Etymology: affecter, Fr. afficio, affectum, Lat.
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.
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.
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
Etymology: [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
When I was in Jaffna yesterday, I heard great skepticism from people in the north about would some of those words really translate into tangible steps that would affect their life.
As we look ahead for the next 10 years, we do not want to see the civic conversation devoted to stadiums and velodromes, the people of Massachusetts elect their leaders to focus on getting the basics right and to focus on the big issues that affect their lives day to day, and not to host glitzy events 10 years out.
Grains affect the thyroid, but gluten is especially the problem here because gluten looks a lot like the thyroid and so it can make your body attack the thyroid.
We have found with great sadness that these marches are taken advantage of by vandals who affect the wellbeing of citizens, especially when there are blockages and effects on mass transit systems, when there are road blockades, when private and public installations are attacked.
We're raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour that will give 50% of African-American workers a raise, these are issues that are obviously important to all of America, but in many cases because of the disproportionate amount of poverty in the African-American community, many of these issues will affect this community even more strongly.
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- 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
- fingere, commuovereItalian
- ontroeren, emotioneren, aantasten, veinzen, beïnvloedenDutch
- affektere, affekt, influereNorwegian
- comover, afeto, fingir, afetarPortuguese
- трогать, аффект, прикидываться, притворяться, воздействовать, предпочитать, поражать, любить, влиять, менять, нравиться, делать вид, волноватьRussian
- influera, fingera, röra, drabba, åstadkomma, beröra, skada, påverkaSwedish
- có ảnh hưởng đếnVietnamese
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