affair Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"affair" in British English

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affairnoun [C]

uk   /əˈfeər/  us   /-ˈfer/

affair noun [C] (MATTER)

B2 a ​situation or ​subject that is being ​dealt with or ​considered: She ​organizes her financial affairs very ​efficiently. He's always meddling in (= ​trying to ​influence) other people's affairs. What I do in my ​sparetime is my affair (= only ​involves me).B2 a ​matter or ​situation that ​causesstrongpublicfeeling, usually of ​moraldisapproval: The arms-dealing affair has ​severelydamaged the ​reputation of the ​government. The president's handling of the affair has been ​criticized.
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affair noun [C] (RELATIONSHIP)

B2 a ​sexualrelationship, ​especially a ​secret one: She's having an affair with a ​married man. The ​book doesn't make any ​mention of his love affairs. an extramarital affair
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affair noun [C] (EVENT)

an ​event: The ​partyturned out to be a ​quiet affair.

affair noun [C] (THING)

old-fashioned an ​object of the ​typestated: She ​wore a ​longblackvelvet affair.
(Definition of affair from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"affair" in American English

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affairnoun [C]

 us   /əˈfeər/

affair noun [C] (SITUATION)

a ​situation or ​subject that is being ​dealt with or ​considered; a ​matter: The ​meeting was ​addressed by an ​expert in ​South American affairs. What I do in my ​sparetime is my own affair (= a ​privatematter).

affair noun [C] (RELATIONSHIP)

a ​sexualrelationship, esp. a ​secret one

affair noun [C] (EVENT)

an ​event: Their ​wedding was a ​prettyboring affair.
(Definition of affair from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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