Affect Definition

Define what is Affect?

1. affect (noun)

the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion.


    feeling noun
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states.

    2. affect, bear upon, bear on, impact, touch on, touch (verb)

    have an effect upon.

    • Will the new rules affect me?.

    alter, change, modify verb
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


    strike a blow verb
    affect adversely.

    repercuss verb
    cause repercussions; have an unwanted effect.

    tell on verb
    produce an effect or strain on somebody.

    redound verb
    have an effect for good or ill.

    stimulate, excite verb
    act as a stimulant.

    process, treat verb
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition.

    hydrolise, hydrolize verb
    make a compound react with water and undergo hydrolysis.

    tinge, color, colour, distort verb
    affect as in thought or feeling.

    endanger, peril, queer, scupper, expose verb
    put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position.

    hit, strike verb
    affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely.

    subject verb
    cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to.

    discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble, bother verb
    to cause inconvenience or discomfort to.

    act upon, influence, work verb
    have and exert influence or effect.

    slam-dunk verb
    make a forceful move against.

    3. affect (verb)

    act physically on; have an effect upon.

    • the medicine affects my heart rate.

    alter, change, modify verb
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


    attack verb
    begin to injure.

    ulcerate verb
    affect with an ulcer.

    sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm verb
    cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to.

    energize, energise, perk up, arouse, brace, stimulate verb
    cause to be alert and energetic.

    tense up, tense, strain verb
    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious.

    make relaxed, unlax, unstrain, relax, unwind, loosen up verb
    cause to feel relaxed.

    cramp verb
    affect with or as if with a cramp.

    jaundice verb
    affect with, or as if with, jaundice.

    register verb
    enter into someone's consciousness.

    inebriate, intoxicate, soak verb
    make drunk (with alcoholic drinks).

    4. involve, affect, regard (verb)

    connect closely and often incriminatingly.

    • This new ruling affects your business.
    Synonyms: involve, regard

    implicate verb
    bring into intimate and incriminating connection.

    5. dissemble, feign, pretend, sham, affect (verb)

    make believe with the intent to deceive.

    • He feigned that he was ill.
    • He shammed a headache.

    misrepresent, belie verb
    represent falsely.


    play possum verb
    to pretend to be dead.

    take a dive verb
    pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer.

    bullshit, talk through one's hat, Bull, fake verb
    speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths.

    mouth verb
    articulate silently; form words with the lips only.

    6. impress, strike, affect, move (verb)

    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon.

    • This child impressed me as unusually mature.
    • This behavior struck me as odd.
    Synonyms: impress, strike, move

    infect verb
    affect in a contagious way.

    surprise verb
    cause to be surprised.

    ingrain, impress, instill verb
    produce or try to produce a vivid impression of.

    awaken verb
    make aware.

    engrave verb
    impress or affect deeply.

    strike dumb verb
    render speechless, as by surprising or shocking.

    zap verb
    strike suddenly and with force.

    jar verb
    affect in a disagreeable way.

    hit home, strike a note, strike home, strike a chord verb
    refer to or be relevant or familiar to.

    smite verb
    affect suddenly with deep feeling.

    cloud verb
    make gloomy or depressed.

    Pierce verb
    move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply.

    impress verb
    impress positively.

    sweep off, sweep away verb
    overwhelm emotionally.

    disturb, trouble, upset verb
    move deeply.

    touch, stir verb
    affect emotionally.

    move verb
    arouse sympathy or compassion in.

    sadden verb
    make unhappy.

    alienate verb
    make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated.

    Nearby Terms

    affectation (noun)
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

    affected (adjective)
    acted upon; influenced

    affected role (noun)
    the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

    affectedly (adverb)
    in an affected manner

    affectedness (noun)
    the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others)

    affecting (adjective satellite)
    arousing affect

    affectingly (adverb)
    in a poignant or touching manner

    affection (noun)
    a positive feeling of liking

    affectional (adjective satellite)
    characterized by emotion

    affectionate (adjective satellite)
    having or displaying warmth or affection

    affectionately (adverb)
    with affection

    affectionateness (noun)
    a positive feeling of liking

    affective (adjective satellite)
    characterized by emotion

    affective disorder (noun)
    any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant

    affenpinscher (noun)
    European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle