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English definition of “affect”

affect

verb [T]  /əˈfekt/ us  

affect verb [T] (INFLUENCE)

to have an influence on someone or something: The disease only affects cattle. I was deeply affected by the film.

affect verb [T] (PRETEND)

to pretend to be or have something: Since joining the band he’s affected a ridiculous southern accent.
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