• IPA(key): /əˈfɛktɪd/
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  • Hyphenation: af‧fect‧ed


affected (comparative more affected, superlative most affected)

  1. Influenced or changed by something.
    The affected products had to be recalled.
  2. Simulated in order to impress.
    He spoke with an affected English accent.
  3. Emotionally moved; touched.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones:
      Jones [] was easily prevailed on to satisfy Mr Dowling's curiosity, by relating the history of his birth and education, which he did, like Othello. [] Mr Dowling was indeed very greatly affected with this relation; for he had not divested himself of humanity by being an attorney.
  4. (algebra, archaic) adfected.
    an affected equation
  5. Resulting from a mostly negative physical effect or transformation.
  6. artificial, stilted


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affected (plural affecteds)

  1. Someone affected, as by a disease.
    • 1979, Journal of Behavioral Medicine (page 306)
      Affecteds felt that they get conflicting orders from superiors more frequently than did nonaffecteds [] . Affecteds were more frequently bothered by feelings of a sharp increase in their workload than nonaffecteds [] .



  1. simple past tense and past participle of affect
    The thunderstorm affected the compass, and we got lost.

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