Meaning of “afflict” in the English Dictionary

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afflictverb [ T ]

us /əˈflɪkt/

to make someone or something suffer physically or mentally:

He was afflicted with severe asthma.
affliction
noun [ C ] us /əˈflɪk·ʃən/

Illiteracy is a serious affliction.

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