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Definition of Affect


  1. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.
  2. To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch.
  3. To love; to regard with affection.
  4. To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually.
  5. To dispose or incline.
  6. To aim at; to aspire; to covet.
  7. To tend to by affinity or disposition.
  8. To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance.
  9. To assign; to appoint.
  10. Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
  11. The emotional complex associated with an idea or mental state. In hysteria, the affect is sometimes entirely dissociated, sometimes transferred to another than the original idea.

Affect Quotations

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
Bob Marley

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.
Jim Rohn

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
Henry David Thoreau

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Robert Louis Stevenson

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
William James
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Affect Translations

affect in Dutch is aandoen, aangrijpen
affect in French is affectez, influer, concernent, affectons
affect in Latin is inflecto, moveo moti motum, contineo
affect in Portuguese is afete
affect in Spanish is afectar, concernir

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