affect Definition

  • 1have an effect on; make a difference to.
  • 2touch the feelings of (someone); move emotionally.

Using affect: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "affect" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The new policy will affect all employees.

  • Example

    The tragic news affected her deeply.

  • Example

    The weather will affect our travel plans.

  • Example

    The medication may affect your appetite.

affect Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for affect

Phrases with affect

  • to take action to cause change


    We need to affect change in our community by volunteering and advocating for important issues.

  • to have an impact on the final result or conclusion


    The final score will be affected by the performance of both teams.

  • a lack of emotional expression or response


    The patient's flat affect concerned the doctor, who ordered further tests.

Origins of affect

from Latin 'afficere', meaning 'to do something to, act on'


Summary: affect in Brief

'Affect' [əˈfekt] is a verb that means to have an effect on or influence something or someone. It can also mean to touch the emotions of someone. Examples include 'The new policy will affect all employees' and 'The tragic news affected her deeply.' Phrases like 'affect change' and 'affect the outcome' use 'affect' to denote taking action or having an impact on a result.

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