Definition of affect


  • the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion.


  • have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?". Synonyms: bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on.
  • act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate".
  • connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business". Synonyms: involve, regard.
  • make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill", "He shammed a headache". Synonyms: dissemble, feign, pretend, sham.
  • have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature", "This behavior struck me as odd". Synonyms: impress, move, strike.

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Rhymes with affect

brecht, checked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, direct, direct, disaffect, disconnect, disinfect, disrespect, dissect, effect, effect.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • affect is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 14 points
  • affect is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 14 points
  • affect is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 15 points
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