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Meaning of affect

af•fect

Pronunciation: (v.u-fekt'n.af'ekt), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to act on; produce an effect or change in: Cold weather affected the crops.
  2. to impress the mind or move the feelings of: The music affected him deeply.
  3. (of pain, disease, etc.) to attack or lay hold of.
—n.
  1. feeling or emotion.
  2. an expressed or observed emotional response: Restricted, flat, or blunted affect may be a symptom of mental illness, especially schizophrenia.
  3. affection; passion; sensation; inclination; inward disposition or feeling.

af•fect

Pronunciation: (u-fekt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to give the appearance of; pretend or feign: to affect knowledge of the situation.
  2. to assume artificially, pretentiously, or for effect: to affect a Southern accent.
  3. to use, wear, or adopt by preference; choose; prefer: the peculiar costume he affected.
  4. to 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.
    1. to have affection for; fancy.
    2. to aim at; aspire to.
—v.i.
  1. to incline, tend, or favor (usually fol. by to): He affects to the old ways.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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