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affected

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

2 self-consciously trying to present an appearance of grandeur or importance
  • with her pinkie extended, the four-year-old held her tiny teacup in that affected manner that some women have

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3 having a liking or affection
  • after years of being well affected toward their grandchildren, they did not want to lose access to them because of a bitter divorce

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affected

verb (1)
past tense of affect

Synonyms & Antonyms of affected (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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2 to be the business or affair of
  • fortunately, hurricane season doesn't affect the West Coast

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affected

verb (2)
past tense of affect

Synonyms & Antonyms of affected (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to present a false appearance of
  • she affected complete unawareness that we were talking about her, though she must have overheard

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2 to go to or spend time in often
  • a power couple known to affect all the fancy parties in town

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The first known use of affected was circa 1553

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“Affected.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/affected. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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