There are 3 definitions of affect in English:

affect1

Syllabification: af·fect
Pronunciation: /əˈfekt
 
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verb

[with object]

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'attack as a disease'): from French affecter or Latin affect- 'influenced, affected', from the verb afficere (see affect2).

Usage

Affect and effect are both verbs and nouns, but only effect is common as a noun, usually meaning ‘a result, consequence, impression, etc.’: my father’s warnings had no effect on my adventurousness . The noun affect is restricted almost entirely to psychology (see affect3). As verbs, they are used differently. Affect most commonly means ‘produce an effect on, influence’: smoking during pregnancy can affect the baby’s development . Affect also means ‘pretend to have or feel (something)’ (see affect2): she affected a concern for those who had lost their jobs . Effect means ‘bring about’: the negotiators effected an agreement despite many difficulties .

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There are 3 definitions of affect in English:

affect2

Syllabification: af·fect
Pronunciation: /əˈfekt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Pretend to have or feel (something): as usual I affected a supreme unconcern [with infinitive]: a book that affects to loathe the modern world
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    • Although the author affects befuddlement, his book demonstrates an unfaltering sense of self.
    • The boy then sat on top of the pillow, affecting an air of supreme indifference.
    • One can affect unawareness, feign indifference or summon up some other defense against such entreaties.
    Synonyms
    pretend, feign, fake, simulate, make a show of, make a pretense of, sham
    informal put on, make like
  • 1.1Use, wear, or assume (something) pretentiously or so as to make an impression on others: an American who had affected a British accent
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    • He has enough shirt buttons undone to wear a medallion, but instead affects a necklace.
    • Sometimes you become very aware that you're watching an actor affecting crazy mannerisms in a crazy movie.
    • Her haughty tone affected the third voice, giving him the impression that she was annoyed.
    Synonyms
    assume, take on, adopt, embrace, espouse

Origin

late Middle English: from French affecter or Latin affectare 'aim at', frequentative of afficere 'work on, influence', from ad- 'at, to' + facere 'do'. The original sense was 'like, love', hence '(like to) use, assume, etc'.

Usage

See affect1 (usage).

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There are 3 definitions of affect in English:

affect3

Syllabification: af·fect
Pronunciation: /ˈafekt, əˈfekt
 
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noun

Psychology
  • Emotion or desire, especially as influencing behavior or action.
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    • By triggering affect and emotion, intolerant behaviors are set in motion.
    • We have come a long way from Freud's affect theory to viewing emotions as joining and integrating minds.
    • This, says Jung, is because they confuse feeling with emotion or affect.

Derivatives

affectless

adjective
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  • Watson's descriptions of his encounters with these women is affectless and somehow totally centered about his own ego.
  • The affectless voyeurism and exhibitionism of reality TV has undoubtedly inspired the movie.
  • His expression was bland and grim and affectless.

affectlessness

noun
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  • Sherman's declamatory vocals add a precise note of affectlessness to his incisive lyrics about romantic dislocation.
  • Both the exhilaration and the hollow affectlessness of everything that follows proceed directly from this game plan.
  • And the movie's weird mixture of moralism and affectlessness cancel each other out.

Origin

late 19th century: coined in German from Latin affectus 'disposition', from afficere 'to influence' (see affect2).

Usage

See affect1 (usage).

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