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affectverb [T]

 us   /əˈfekt/
  • 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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affectverb [T]

uk   /əˈfekt/  us   /əˈfekt/
  • affect verb [T] (INFLUENCE)

B2 to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause a change in someone or something: Both buildings were badly affected by the fire. The divorce affected every aspect of her life. It's a disease that affects mainly older people. I was deeply affected by the film (= it caused strong feelings in me).

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  • affect verb [T] (PRETEND)

formal to pretend to feel or think something: To all his problems she affected indifference.
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.
(Definition of affect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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