affect


affect
affect
affect1 [ə fekt′; ] for n. [ 2, af′ekt΄]
vt.
[ME affecten < L affectare, to strive after < affectus, pp. of afficere, to influence, attack < ad-, to + facere, DO1]
1. to have an effect on; influence; produce a change in [bright light affects the eyes]
2. to move or stir the emotions of [his death affected us deeply]
n.
1. Obs. a disposition or tendencya disposition or tendency
2. [Ger affekt < L affectus, state of mind or body: see AFFECT1 the vt.] Psychol.
a) an emotion or feeling attached to an idea, object, etc.
b) in general, emotion or emotional response
affectable
adj.
SYN.- AFFECT1 implies the producing of an effect strong enough to evoke a reaction; to INFLUENCE is to affect in such a way as to produce a change in action, thought, nature, or behavior [to influence legislation ]; IMPRESS1 is used of that which produces a deep or lasting effect on the mind; TOUCH and the stronger MOVE, as considered here, are both applied to the arousing of emotion, sympathy, etc., but MOVE also denotes an influencing so as to effect a change; SWAY emphasizes an influencing intended to turn a person from a given course [threats will not sway us ]
affect2 [a fekt′, əfekt′]
vt.
[ME affecten < OFr affecter < L affectare, AFFECT1]
1. to like to have, use, wear, be in, etc. [she affects plaid coats]
2. to make a pretense of being, having, feeling, liking, etc.; feign [to affect indifference]
3. Archaic to aim at; seek
SYN.- ASSUME
affectable
adj.

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