Meaning of “affection” in the English Dictionary

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"affection" in British English

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uk /əˈfek.ʃən/ us /əˈfek.ʃən/

B2 [ U or S ] a feeling of liking for a person or place:

She felt no affection for the child.
He had a deep affection for his aunt.
affections [ plural ]

feelings of liking or love:

The former president still holds a place in the nation's affections.
Sula seems to have transferred her affections from Jon to his brother.
win sb's affections

to succeed in persuading someone to love you

More examples

  • There's never much display of affection between them.
  • filial affection
  • He finds it difficult to show affection.
  • In this society there is a taboo on any sort of public display of affection.
  • He remembered the teachers at his first school with great affection.

(Definition of “affection” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"affection" in American English

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affectionnoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈfek·ʃən/

a feeling of liking someone or something:

[ U ] Pets should be treated with affection.
[ U ] Harriet felt great affection for him.

(Definition of “affection” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)