Variant of affect
- to have an effect on; influence; produce a change in: bright light affects the eyes
- to move or stir the emotions of: his death affected us deeply
Origin of affectMiddle English affecten ; from Classical Latin affectare, to strive after ; from affectus, past participle of afficere, to influence, attack ; from ad-, to + facere, do
- Obsolete a disposition or tendency
Origin of affectGer affekt < L affectus, state of mind or body: see affectthe Psychol.
- an emotion or feeling attached to an idea, object, etc.
- in general, emotion or emotional response