affect vs effect :

affect or effect

There are five distinct words here. When “affect” is accented on the final syllable (a-FECT), it is usually a verb meaning “have an influence on”: “The million-dollar donation from the industrialist did not affect my vote against the Clean Air Act.” Occasionally a pretentious person is said to affect an artificial air of sophistication. Speaking with a borrowed French accent or ostentatiously wearing a large diamond ear stud might be an affectation. In this sort of context, “affect” means “to make a display of or deliberately cultivate.” Another unusual meaning is indicated when the word is accented on the first syllable (AFF-ect), meaning “emotion.” In this case the word is used mostly by psychiatrists and social scientists—people who normally know how to spell it. The real problem arises when people confuse the first spelling with the second: “effect.” This too can be two different words. The more common one is a noun: “When I left the stove on, the effect was that the house filled with smoke.” When you aff

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Definitions

  • n  the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
  • v  have an effect upon
    Will the new rules affect me?
  • v  act physically on; have an effect upon
    the medicine affects my heart rate
  • v  connect closely and often incriminatingly
    This new ruling affects your business
  • v  make believe with the intent to deceive
  • v  have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

  • n  a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
  • n  an outward appearance
    she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting
  • n  an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
    he just did it for effect
  • n  the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  • n  (of a law) having legal validity
    the law is still in effect
  • n  a symptom caused by an illness or a drug
    the effects of sleep loss
    the effect of the anesthetic
  • v  produce
  • v  act so as to bring into existence
    effect a change
News & Articles


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