Definition of affected in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfektəd/


1Influenced or touched by an external factor: apply moist heat to the affected area
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  • People have been warned not to touch the water in affected areas.
  • The crystals inside the joint cause intense pain whenever the affected area is moved.
  • For all external uses, apply turmeric powder directly to the affected area every two hours, using a clean cloth.
2Artificial, pretentious, and designed to impress: the gesture appeared both affected and stagy
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  • The character is all Ivy-league pretensions and affected accent.
  • I mean, if there's anything more affected than a fake accent, it's pretending you don't know you're doing it.
  • Mercifully, they have more or less avoided the affected, fake English accents that plagued the sub-genre.
pretentious, artificial, contrived, unnatural, stagy, actorly, studied, mannered, ostentatious;
informal la-di-da, phony, pretend, put on
3 [predicative] archaic Disposed or inclined in a specified way: you might become differently affected toward him
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  • This tribe has been well affected toward the French, but they are at present somewhat in revolt.
  • We think the true scholar will be affected toward language and Nature.
  • I frequently received visits also from the general who was very well affected toward me.



Pronunciation: /əˈfektədlē/
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • Most of these meetings are overcrowded, while the candidates affectedly brag about exceeded expectations.
  • In the first film she also fell foul of the normally amiable actor, who found her affectedly standoffish.
  • I have met, I believe, the two most affectedly camp people in the country, and I have the mental scars to prove it.

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Syllabification: af·fect·ed

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