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affect

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of affect

  1. 1 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response <their son claims that scary movies don't affect him in the least> Synonyms impact, impress, influence, move, reach, strike, sway, tell (on), touch Related Words carry away, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthrall (or enthral), ravish, transport; bias, color; inspire, stir; engage, interest, involve, penetrate, pierce; afflict, agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, disturb, fluster, harass, harry, perturb, pester, plague, smite, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry, wring; allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinate Phrases get to Near Antonyms bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

  2. 2 to be the business or affair of <fortunately, hurricane season doesn't affect the West Coast> Synonyms affect, involve, touchRelated Words appertain (to), apply (to), bear (on), pertain (to), refer (to), relate (to); embroil, ensnare, entangle, implicate




affect

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of affect

  1. 1 to present a false appearance of <she affected complete unawareness that we were talking about her, though she must have overheard> Synonyms act, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulateRelated Words dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger

  2. 2 to go to or spend time in often <a power couple known to affect all the fancy parties in town> Synonyms affect, habituate, hang (at), haunt, resort (to), visitRelated Words patronize; attend, take in; infest, invade, overrun, swarm; call (on or upon), drop by, drop in, pop (in), run (in), stop (in or by); camp (out in), sojourn (at), stay (at), stop (over), tarry (in)Near Antonyms dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, shakeAntonyms avoid, shun




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