Definition of "affect"




  • verb

    third-person singular simple present affects, present participle affecting, simple past and past participle affected

    1. (transitive) To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume. To make a false display of.    

    2. (obsolete, transitive) To aim for, to try to obtain.  

    3. (transitive, rare) To feel affection for (someone); to like, be fond of.  

    4. (transitive, obsolete) To show a fondness for (something); to choose.