Definition of affair in English:

affair

Syllabification: af·fair
Pronunciation: /əˈfe(ə)r
 
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noun

  • 1An event or sequence of events of a specified kind or that has previously been referred to: the board admitted responsibility for the affair I wanted the funeral to be a family affair
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    • The revolution in military affairs refers to this new form of information-based warfare.
    • Martin also took a keen and active interest in political affairs and events happening around the country.
    • Hitler's growing involvement in the details of economic life matched an increasing intervention in military affairs.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1A matter that is a particular person’s concern or responsibility: what you do in your spare time is your affair
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    • As in all matters concerning the affairs of Muslims our guide is the Qur'ân.
    • She went from running errands to running his life, convincing him that she should manage his affairs and business matters.
    • We all need to realise that religion should be a private affair and a matter of belief.
    Synonyms
    business, concern, matter, responsibility, province, preserve; problem, worry
  • 1.2 (affairs) Matters of public interest and importance: commissions were created to advise on foreign affairs
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    • He enjoyed a passion for collecting art and an interest in public affairs.
    • Besides farming and fun, the clan's big interest was politics - they all felt an interest in public affairs was a duty.
    • His interest in public affairs, especially in social questions, was keener.
  • 1.3 (affairs) Business and financial dealings: his time was spent in winding up his affairs
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    • You can be aggressive when you need to resolve business and financial affairs.
    • You are blessed with a youthful outlook and dynamism to manage business or financial affairs successfully today.
    • It had been closed some months back after the organization intervened in the business's financial affairs.
    Synonyms
    transactions, concerns, matters, activities, dealings, undertakings, ventures, business
  • 1.4 [with adjective] informal An object of a particular type: her dress was a black low-cut affair
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    • The restaurant is the best; an old-fashioned wood-and-leather affair with a horseshoe bar.
    • The back light, a scratched grey plastic affair which had come with the bike, was less satisfying.
    • His early albums were scratchy affairs, recorded using just a boombox with a cheap built-in microphone.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French afaire, from à faire 'to do'; compare with ado.

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