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 for affect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affect \Af*fect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affected; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Affecting.] [L. affectus, p. p. of afficere to affect by
     active agency; ad + facere to make: cf. F. affectere, L.
     affectare, freq. of afficere. See Fact.]
     1. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.
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              As might affect the earth with cold heat. --Milton.
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              The climate affected their health and spirits.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     2. To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to
        touch.
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              A consideration of the rationale of our passions
              seems to me very necessary for all who would affect
              them upon solid and pure principles.
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     3. To love; to regard with affection. [Obs.]
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              As for Queen Katharine, he rather respected than
              affected, rather honored than loved, her. --Fuller.
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     4. To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to
        choose; hence, to frequent habitually.
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              For he does neither affect company, nor is he fit
              for it, indeed.                       --Shak.
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              Do not affect the society of your inferiors in rank,
              nor court that of the great. --Hazlitt.
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     5. To dispose or incline.
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              Men whom they thought best affected to religion and
              their country's liberty.              --Milton.
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     6. To aim at; to aspire; to covet. [Obs.]
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              This proud man affects imperial ?way. --Dryden.
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     7. To tend to by affinity or disposition.
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              The drops of every fluid affect a round figure.
                                                    --Newton.
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     8. To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to
        assume; as, to affect ignorance.
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              Careless she is with artful care,
              Affecting to seem unaffected.         --Congreve.
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              Thou dost affect my manners.          --Shak.
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     9. To assign; to appoint. [R.]
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              One of the domestics was affected to his special
              service.                              --Thackeray.
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     Syn: To influence; operate; act on; concern; move; melt;
          soften; subdue; overcome; pretend; assume.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affect \Af*fect"\ ([a^]f*f[e^]kt"), n. [L. affectus.]
     1. Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
        [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. (Psychotherapy) The emotional complex associated with an
        idea or mental state. In hysteria, the affect is sometimes
        entirely dissociated, sometimes transferred to another
        than the original idea.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  affect
      n 1: the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
      v 1: have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?" [syn:
           affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on,
           touch]
      2: act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects
         my heart rate"
      3: connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling
         affects your business" [syn: involve, affect, regard]
      4: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he
         was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham,
         pretend, affect, dissemble]
      5: have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child
         impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me
         as odd" [syn: affect, impress, move, strike]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  254 Moby Thesaurus words for "affect":
     act, act a part, act like, act on, act upon, actuate, adopt,
     affect, affection, affectivity, agitate, alter, answer to,
     appertain to, apply to, assume, attack, attitude, be dressed in,
     bear on, bear upon, belong to, bend, betoken, bias, bluff, borrow,
     brandish, breathe, bring, bring forth, bring forward,
     bring into view, bring out, bring to notice, call for, carry,
     change, choose, chorus, color, come home to, comprise,
     concentrate on, concern, connect, contain, copy, correspond to,
     counterfeit, cover up, crib, dangle, deal with, demonstrate,
     develop, disclose, display, dispose, dissemble, dissimulate, ditto,
     divulge, do, do a bit, do like, dramatize, draw, drive, echo,
     embody, emotion, emotional charge, emotional shade, emotivity,
     enact, entail, evidence, evince, exhibit, experience,
     expose to view, express, fake, feeling, feeling tone, feign,
     flaunt, flourish, focus on, foreboding, forge, four-flush, gammon,
     get, give sign, give token, go deep, go like, go through one,
     grieve, gut reaction, hang out, haunt, have connection with,
     have on, heartthrob, highlight, histrionize, hit, hit the mark,
     hoke, hoke up, illuminate, imitate, impel, implicate, imply,
     impress, impress forcibly, impression, incarnate, incline,
     indicate, induce, influence, inspire, interest, involve,
     lay hold of, lead, lead to, let on, let on like, liaise with,
     link with, make a pretense, make an impression, make as if,
     make believe, make clear, make like, make out like, make plain,
     manifest, materialize, mean, melt, melt the heart, mental attitude,
     mirror, modify, move, operate on, opinion, overact, parade,
     passion, penetrate, perform, persuade, pertain to, perturb, pierce,
     plagiarize, play, play a part, play a scene, play possum, playact,
     position, posture, predispose, present, presentiment, presume,
     presuppose, pretend, pretend to, produce, profess, profound sense,
     prompt, psychology, put on, put on airs, reach, reaction, reecho,
     refer to, reflect, regard, relate to, repeat, represent, require,
     resort, respect, response, reveal, rock, roll out, sadden, select,
     sensation, sense, sentiment, set forth, sham, show, show forth,
     simulate, sink in, smart, smite, soften, soften up, sport,
     spotlight, stance, sting, stir, strike, strike hard, strike home,
     subsume, sway, take, take in, tell, tie in with, tinge, token,
     tone, touch, touch a chord, touch upon, transform, traumatize,
     treat, treat of, trot out, trouble, tug the heartstrings,
     undercurrent, unfold, upset, use, wave, way of thinking, wear,
     wear down, weigh with, work
  
  

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