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affect1

af·fect1

affect1

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: fekt
inflections: affected, affecting, affects
definition 1: to influence, cause a change in, or have an impact on.
The weather affects our mood.What you eat affects your weight and your health.The amount of sleep children get affects how well they perform in school.The new regulations will affect everyone, not just the workers.
synonyms:
influence
similar words:
alter, bend, change, color, concern, impress, modify, sway, touch, transform
definition 2: to move emotionally; touch.
Her distress did not affect him.
synonyms:
move, touch
similar words:
agitate, carry, get, hit, impress, perturb, stir, swell, trouble
definition 3: to have a harmful impact on.
Heavy drinking can affect the liver.
synonyms:
damage, harm, infect, injure
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: ae fekt
definition: in psychology, emotion, feeling, or response.
The drug helped the patient physically, but his affect remained unchanged.
similar words:
emotion, feeling, response
Word Parts
The word affect contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".