affect affect  /ə ˈfɛkt/


  1. (v) have an effect upon
  2. (v) act physically on; have an effect upon
  3. (v) make believe with the intent to deceive
  4. (v) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  5. (n) the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
  6. (v) connect closely and often incriminatingly

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  1. Four key trouble spots face new polls over the next year, and each will be affected by and affect the Obama presidency.
  2. Here's a a survey of today's addictions you may not even be aware you have and a look at one way an addiction can affect the brain.
  3. In our annual PTI 100 issue, we do the impossible: name the people who most affect our world.


  1. Events and closures affect traffic, transit this weekend

    Several events and closures will affect traffic this weekend. The Mariners vs. Oakland A's game at 7:10 p.m. will increase traffic into Seattle and around Safeco Field on Friday night. The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will cause the closure of the I-90 express lanes from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They will reopen at 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the westbound direction to help with the extra traffic ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: KING5 Seattle

  2. BMO Harris Private Banking June Market Commentary: Growth Levels in China Continue to Affect Canadian Commodities

    China's slower-than-expected economic growth could continue to affect commodity prices in Canada - a trend that will likely cause a softening of the Canadian dollar, according to BMO Harris Private Banking's ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. What Causes Obesity? Answer May Affect Your Waistline

    People's beliefs about what causes obesity may affect their waistlines, according to a new report.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! News


  1. "Our experiences as women and people of color affect our decisions," said Sotomayor as she argued on behalf of more women and minority judges. "The aspiration to impartiality is just that - it's an aspiration because it denies the fact that...
    on May 26, 2009 By: Sonia Sotomayor Source:

  2. "I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook," Mr. Obama said during an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room. "It is also about how our laws affect the...
    on May 1, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  3. The newish Government says it must cut state spending in its inaugural Budget on June 22, in ways that will "affect our economy, our society, indeed our entire way of life".
    on Jun 12, 2010 By: David Cameron Source:

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