|Origin:||, past participle of afficere 'to influence', from ad- 'to' + facere 'to do'|
|Origin:||affecter, from Latin affectare, from afficere|
af‧fect S1 W1 [transitive]
to do something that produces an effect or change in something or in someone's situation:
the areas affected by the hurricane
a disease that affects the central nervous system
decisions which affect our lives
Trading has been adversely affected by the downturn in consumer spending.
2 [usually passive]
to make someone feel strong emotions:
We were all deeply affected by her death.
to pretend to have a particular feeling, way of speaking etc:
As usual, Simon affected complete boredom.
He used to affect a foreign accent.