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English definition of “affect”

affect

verb [T] (PRETEND)    /əˈfekt/
formal to pretend to feel or think something: To all his problems she affected indifference.Faking and pretending formal mainly disapproving to start to wear or do something in order to make people admire or respect you: At university he affected an upper-class accent. He's recently affected a hat and cane.Faking and pretending Grammar:Affect or effect?Affect is a verb meaning ‘influence or cause someone or something to change’:See more
(Definition of affect verb (PRETEND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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