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affected

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[ uh-fek-tid ]
/ əˈfɛk tɪd /
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adjective
acted upon; influenced.
influenced in a harmful way; impaired, harmed, or attacked, as by climate or disease.
(of the mind or feelings) impressed; moved; touched: She was deeply affected by their generosity.
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Origin of affected

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First recorded in 1570–80; affect1 + -ed2

Other definitions for affected (2 of 2)

affected2
[ uh-fek-tid ]
/ əˈfɛk tɪd /

adjective
assumed artificially; unnatural; feigned: affected sophistication; an affected British accent.
assuming or pretending to possess that which is not natural: Her affected wealth and social pedigree are so obviously false that it's embarrassing.
inclined or disposed: well affected toward the speaker's cause.
held in affection; fancied: a novel much affected by our grandparents.

Origin of affected

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First recorded in 1525–35; affect2 + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM affected

af·fect·ed·ly, adverbaf·fect·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for affected (1 of 2)

affected1
/ (əˈfɛktɪd) /

adjective (usually postpositive)
deeply moved, esp by sorrow or griefhe was greatly affected by her departure
changed, esp detrimentally

Word Origin for affected

C17: from affect 1 + -ed ²

British Dictionary definitions for affected (2 of 2)

affected2
/ (əˈfɛktɪd) /

adjective
behaving, speaking, etc, in an artificial or assumed way, esp in order to impress others
feignedaffected indifference
archaic inclined; disposed

Derived forms of affected

affectedly, adverbaffectedness, noun

Word Origin for affected

C16: from affect ² + -ed ²
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