affect

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. influence, touch; concern, relate to; move, stir. See relation, disease, feeling, affectation. —n. feeling, emotion. See sensibility.
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(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To have an effect upon]
Syn. influence, sway, impress, alter, modify, change, transform, act on, work on, induce, move, be of importance to, concern, interest, be of interest to, impact on, hit, impair, harm, attack, afflict, strike, grip, seize; see also influence .
2. [To pretend]
Syn. assume, take on, feign, put on; see pretend 1 .
3. [To move emotionally]
Syn. touch, stir, sway; see move 3 .
Syn.- affect implies the producing of an effect strong enough to evoke a reaction [ interest rates affect housing sales; her death affected us deeply ] ; to influence is to affect in such a way as to produce a change in action, thought, nature, or behavior [ to influence legislation ] ; impress is used of that which produces a deep or lasting effect on the mind; touch and the stronger move , as considered here, are both applied to the arousing of sympathy or other emotion, but move also denotes influencing so as to bring about a change or a show of feeling [ his story moved me to tears ] ; sway emphasizes influence intended to turn a person from a given course [ threats will not sway us ] See also Synonym Study at pretend .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. influence sway, change, act on, evoke, impress, stir, impact upon.
2. touch the emotions move, melt one's heart, warm one's heart, pluck at the heartstrings, disturb, perturb, touch a nerve, stir, *cut to the quick, *hit home.
3. assume make a pretense, feign, fake, put on, *B.S., adopt, *sham, pose, posture.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To evoke a usually strong mental or emotional response from: get (to), impress, move, strike, touch. See TOUCH.
V
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To take on or give a false appearance of: assume, counterfeit, fake, feign, pretend, put on, sham, simulate. Idiom: make believe. See TRUE.

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