Affect Af*fect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affecting}.] [L. affectus, p. p. of afficere to affect by active agency; ad + facere to make: cf. F. affectere, L. affectare, freq. of afficere. See {Fact}.] 1. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon. [1913 Webster]

As might affect the earth with cold heat. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The climate affected their health and spirits. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch. [1913 Webster]

A consideration of the rationale of our passions seems to me very necessary for all who would affect them upon solid and pure principles. [1913 Webster]

3. To love; to regard with affection. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

As for Queen Katharine, he rather respected than affected, rather honored than loved, her. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually. [1913 Webster]

For he does neither affect company, nor is he fit for it, indeed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Do not affect the society of your inferiors in rank, nor court that of the great. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

5. To dispose or incline. [1913 Webster]

Men whom they thought best affected to religion and their country's liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

6. To aim at; to aspire; to covet. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

This proud man affects imperial ?way. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

7. To tend to by affinity or disposition. [1913 Webster]

The drops of every fluid affect a round figure. --Newton. [1913 Webster]

8. To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance. [1913 Webster]

Careless she is with artful care, Affecting to seem unaffected. --Congreve. [1913 Webster]

Thou dost affect my manners. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. To assign; to appoint. [R.] [1913 Webster]

One of the domestics was affected to his special service. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To influence; operate; act on; concern; move; melt; soften; subdue; overcome; pretend; assume. [1913 Webster]

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