Verb affect Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To influence or alter. (transitive) To move to emotion. (transitive) Of an illness or condition, to infect or harm (a part of the body). (transitive, archaic) To dispose or incline. (transitive, archaic) To tend to by affinity or disposition. (transitive, archaic) To assign; to appoint.

More definition: act on; produce an effect or change in, Cold weather affected the crops. impress the mind or move the feelings of, The music affected him deeply.

3.(of pain, disease, etc.) to attack or lay hold of.

4.Psychology. feeling or emotion.

5.Psychiatry. an expressed or observed emotional response, Restricted, flat, or blunted affect may be a symptom of mental illness, especially schizophrenia.

6.Obsolete. affection; passion; sensation; inclination; inward disposition or feeling. give the appearance of; pretend or feign, to affect knowledge of the situation. assume artificially, pretentiously, or for effect, to affect a Southern accent. use, wear, or adopt by preference; choose; prefer, the peculiar costume he affected. assume the character or attitude of, to affect the freethinker.

5.(of things) to tend toward habitually or naturally, a substance that affects colloidal form.

6.(of animals and plants) to occupy or inhabit; live in or on, Lions affect Africa. Moss affects the northern slopes.

7.Archaic. to have affection for; fancy. to aim at; aspire to.

8.Obsolete. to incline, tend, or favor (usually followed by to), He affects to the old ways.

1. to act upon or influence, esp in an adverse way, damp affected the sparking plugs

2. to move or disturb emotionally or mentally, her death affected him greatly

3. (of pain, disease, etc) to attack noun (ˈæfɛkt; əˈfɛkt)

4. (psychol) the emotion associated with an idea or set of ideas See also affection Word OriginC17, from Latin affectus, past participle of afficere to act upon, from ad- to + facere to do affect2 /əˈfɛkt/ verb (mainly transitive)
1. to put on an appearance or show of; make a pretence of, to affect ignorance

2. to imitate or assume, esp pretentiously, to affect an accent

3. to have or use by preference, she always affects funereal clothing

4. to adopt the character, manner, etc, of, he was always affecting the politician

5. (of plants or animals) to live or grow in, penguins affect an arctic climate

6. to incline naturally or habitually towards, falling drops of liquid affect roundness Word OriginC15, from Latin affectāre to strive after, pretend to have; related to afficere to affect1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., "mental state," from Latin noun use of affectus "furnished, supplied, endowed," figuratively "disposed, constituted, inclined," past participle of afficere "to do; treat, use, manage, handle; act on; have influence on, do something to," a verb of broad meaning, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + facere (past participle factus) "do" (see factitious). Perhaps obsolete except in psychology. Related, Affects.
"to make an impression on," 1630s; earlier "to attack" (c.1600), "act upon, infect" (early 15c.), from affect (n.). Related, Affected; affecting."to make a pretense of," 1660s, earlier "to assume the character of (someone)" (1590s); originally in English "to aim at, aspire to, desire" (early 15c.), from Middle French affecter (15c.), from Latin affectare "to strive after, aim at," frequentative of afficere (past participle affectus) "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). Related, Affected; affecting.


I didn't think about how it might affect you, if I got hurt out there.

The cold night didn't affect Jule this time; he used his magic to keep himself warm.

The little Oracle knew just how to affect him.

It wasn't possible that it could affect their life together.

The climbers grumbled about the negative affect of the snow on their anticipated activities, all except Penny, who considered the weather a new and exciting challenge.

This preoccupation with him was becoming an obsession that was beginning to affect her ability to take care of the house.

Focusing hard on not letting him affect her, she continued her game of seduction, teasing him with looks, touches, whispers, until Darian's body was rigid and his turmoil had melted into lust intense enough to make his eyes glow.

"Your guilt has no affect on me, Hilden," Taran said.

It would have been folly to explain to him that he was the first man to affect her so dynamically, but she didn't want to leave him with the impression that she was a nymph either.

Whatever the young Black God was doing, it wasn't going to affect Xander.

This verdict suggests that the Sadducees, with whom he allied himself, had learned to affect some show of Judaism in Judaea.

Poverty can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background. 

How would it affect the world for everyone's buying power to increase a hundredfold?

We must affect our country as our parents, And if at any time we alienate Our love or industry from doing it honor, We must respect effects and teach the soul Matter of conscience and religion, And not desire of rule or benefit.

Both felt this so strongly that the outward and terrible side of death did not affect them and they did not feel it necessary to foment their grief.

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