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af·fect1

affect1

 
 
pronunciation:
fekt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: affects, affecting, affected
definition 1: to cause a change in; influence.
When the sun came out, it affected my plan to stay inside and finish my book.
synonyms:
influence
similar words:
alter, change, concern, modify, sway, touch, transform
definition 2: to cause to feel sad or sorry; move; touch.
The picture of the puppy with its sad eyes affected him deeply.
synonyms:
move, touch
similar words:
agitate, hit, impress, stir, trouble
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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".