Definition of affair in English:

affair

noun

  • 1An event or sequence of events of a specified kind or that has previously been referred to:

    ‘the board admitted responsibility for the affair’
    ‘I wanted the funeral to be a family affair’
    • ‘But in my experience, political and economic affairs tend to be a lot more complex than that.’
    • ‘Martin also took a keen and active interest in political affairs and events happening around the country.’
    • ‘We must grow it ourselves, through civil society and participation in social and political affairs - not through military force.’
    • ‘He said the enthusiasm surrounding the event warranted making the event an annual affair.’
    • ‘Make planning the menu, shopping for groceries and cooking the meal a family affair.’
    • ‘The revolution in military affairs refers to this new form of information-based warfare.’
    • ‘The clash between the two parties over economic affairs led to the eventual breakdown of the coalition.’
    • ‘For the actor-activist then, the festival this year is something of a family affair.’
    • ‘Why would one go to them for reporting of world affairs and events when much better reporting is available via the internet?’
    • ‘The competition tends to be very much a family affair, with a barbecue and refreshments throughout the day.’
    • ‘Today, this group's militant and social affairs function is to bring an Islamic government to Egypt.’
    • ‘A revolution in military affairs suggests a fundamental change in all aspects of warfare.’
    • ‘The true revolution in military affairs is the social revolution of the modern information age.’
    • ‘The fact the dispute was a family affair partly explains the eventual union victory.’
    • ‘Hitler's growing involvement in the details of economic life matched an increasing intervention in military affairs.’
    • ‘They were just looking to unseat the Republicans like the whole affair was a sporting event.’
    • ‘In truth, the revolution in military affairs debate remains unsatisfying.’
    • ‘Make breakfast a family affair most mornings if possible - or as close to it as you can.’
    • ‘But after the McLeish affair, no matter is too trivial to be taken seriously.’
    • ‘It is celebrated by Chinese all over the world as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.’
    event, incident, happening, occurrence, phenomenon, eventuality, episode, interlude, circumstance, set of circumstances, adventure, experience, case, matter, business, thing
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    1. 1.1 A matter that is a particular person's concern or responsibility:
      ‘what you do in your spare time is your affair’
      • ‘Such groups must register and identify a person or people responsible for managing their affairs.’
      • ‘She is more likely to be concerned with the affairs of her constituents rather than the egos of her peers.’
      • ‘Does it ever feel strange to Jane that Slotnick's so involved in her intimate affairs?’
      • ‘He was never so concerned with the affairs of my life.’
      • ‘He led the two to the sidelines, knowing they need not air their private affairs in the middle of the ballroom.’
      • ‘A hallmark of the eighteenth-century is the poet's concern with the affairs of the Gaelic nobility.’
      • ‘And therefore, we have to be concerned with the affairs of Eurasia.’
      • ‘As in all matters concerning the affairs of Muslims our guide is the Qur'ân.’
      • ‘She went from running errands to running his life, convincing him that she should manage his affairs and business matters.’
      • ‘As Empress, my affairs are concerned with the domestic well-being of our people.’
      • ‘We all need to realise that religion should be a private affair and a matter of belief.’
      • ‘Let's stay out of affairs that don't concern us.’
      business, concern, matter, responsibility, province, preserve, interest
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    2. 1.2affairs Matters of public interest and importance:
      ‘commissions were created to advise on foreign affairs’
      • ‘All interviews had to be monitored by military public affairs escorts.’
      • ‘According to the public affairs officer, the embassy is waiting for a bill from the municipality.’
      • ‘The ties go way back and undergird the entire neocon movement and its traditional concern with Israeli affairs.’
      • ‘Huang's interests also extend to public affairs.’
      • ‘Interest in Irish affairs continued throughout the 1880s, although the issue switched from land reform.’
      • ‘The assistant vice chancellor for public affairs said the dispute was not a free speech issue.’
      • ‘Working back from the 1997 defeat, he held Cabinet posts in foreign affairs, defence, transport and Scotland.’
      • ‘His interest in public affairs, especially in social questions, was keener.’
      • ‘He said the ministries of transport and home affairs will be meeting to work out the details.’
      • ‘In Texas, the land commissioner is actually responsible for veterans affairs.’
      • ‘They were not allowed to participate directly in political affairs or take on church roles.’
      • ‘Besides farming and fun, the clan's big interest was politics - they all felt an interest in public affairs was a duty.’
      • ‘Moreover, she can't use her identity document as home affairs told her the number was being investigated.’
      • ‘That reporter had misheard the British Embassy public affairs officer - the telephone lines are so poor.’
      • ‘The nationwide campaign is advising women to visit their local home affairs office.’
      • ‘He enjoyed a passion for collecting art and an interest in public affairs.’
      • ‘Instead of allowing himself to dwell on his condition, he's devoted himself to public service and veteran affairs.’
      • ‘Cultural services, foreign affairs, and transportation receive only one to three per cent of the total budget.’
      • ‘Our interest in international affairs continues unabated.’
      • ‘Harrison is renowned for his independent voice and impassioned commentary on public affairs.’
    3. 1.3affairs Business and financial dealings:
      ‘his time was spent in winding up his affairs’
      • ‘You can be aggressive when you need to resolve business and financial affairs.’
      • ‘We have no business to be involved in our patients' financial affairs and it is not appropriate to become involved.’
      • ‘These are just a few of the changes that could affect the way you handle your financial and business affairs.’
      • ‘The application of mathematics to trade and financial affairs is as old as mathematics itself.’
      • ‘He was suspended in October 2002 pending the financial management of the financial affairs of the company.’
      • ‘Is he the victim of a smear campaign that has targeted his his financial affairs?’
      • ‘Countries such as Switzerland offer clients confidentiality which allows them to keep their business affairs private.’
      • ‘You are blessed with a youthful outlook and dynamism to manage business or financial affairs successfully today.’
      • ‘The tangled financial affairs of the company are still being unravelled.’
      • ‘A revenue audit is an investigation into the financial affairs of a business and its owners.’
      • ‘Instead, the Supreme Council of the Judiciary should take charge of all judges' budgetary and financial affairs.’
      • ‘But on what basis does a government excuse its meddling into the private financial affairs of its citizens?’
      • ‘He complained that he could not sort out his private and financial affairs because he had to spend too much time in the middle.’
      • ‘I never talk about clients' financial affairs.’
      • ‘I wouldn't disclose that, that's part of our financial affairs.’
      • ‘He ordered a more detailed investigation of the Italian's financial affairs.’
      • ‘And they're taking care of their financial affairs here in the states.’
      • ‘She had to produce a statement of affairs, which detailed she had debts of £321,325.’
      • ‘It had been closed some months back after the organization intervened in the business's financial affairs.’
      • ‘Once his tax affairs came into the public domain, he resigned from the party.’
      transactions, concerns, matters, activities, dealings, undertakings, ventures, proceedings
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  • 2A love affair:

    ‘his wife is having an affair’
    • ‘I think that the initial giddy passion that begins many affairs is a relatively superficial and insignificant thing.’
    • ‘Your spouse will view the affair or affairs as entitlement.’
    • ‘She was having an affair with a girl but then tried to have a relationship with a guy.’
    • ‘Besides domestic violence, she said cases involved extramarital affairs.’
    • ‘Swingers often point to the high rates of clandestine extra-marital affairs when discussing this issue.’
    • ‘Other than a few torrid one night affairs, I was never serious with anyone else.’
    • ‘As well, different extramarital affairs demand different strategies on the part of the spouse or others.’
    • ‘Many women failed to view infidelity as a sign of disrespect as long as the affairs remained ‘hidden.’’
    • ‘He admitted to five different affairs and countless visits to massage parlors for ‘full-body’ massages.’
    • ‘After all, affairs have to be with someone you know.’
    • ‘This is why extramarital affairs are so damaging.’
    • ‘Married women are expected to remain completely monogamous while accepting their husbands' extramarital sexual affairs.’
    • ‘Middle ages men who take up running subsequently have affairs.’
    • ‘This is a weird one because it is not a traditional relationship, it is an affair.’
    • ‘The marriage has to be consummated before an extramarital affair becomes adultery.’
    • ‘At least one patient developed an obsession with pornography and engaged in extramarital affairs.’
    • ‘With regard to online relationships and affairs, the Internet presents a potential new dynamic in couple relationships.’
    • ‘Consequently, extramarital affairs constitute a significant problem for many couples.’
    • ‘Some researchers have made attempts to explain how and why online relationships and affairs occur.’
    • ‘Let these affairs of the heart and mind remain as dangerous/delightful footnotes to a brilliant life-in-progress.’
    relationship, love affair, romance, fling, flirtation, dalliance, liaison, entanglement, romantic entanglement, involvement, attachment, affair of the heart, intrigue
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  • 3informal [with adjective] An object of a particular type:

    ‘her dress was a black low-cut affair’
    • ‘It was a panoramic, large windowed affair, on the seventh floor of the hotel, and we had a window seat.’
    • ‘It will be a tense and tight affair with a single goal probably enough to seal a place in the semi final.’
    • ‘Compare her wig in photographs to the somewhat inferior affair atop her head this evening.’
    • ‘An Antarctic terrestrial ecosystem is not a particularly spectacular affair.’
    • ‘Whereas amateur websites used to be flat, static affairs, hobbyist designers can now make a site sing.’
    • ‘This one is a white-stucco, Spanish mission-style affair in a residential quarter of Nashville.’
    • ‘The final promised to be a quality affair and as matters unfolded it proved to be one of pace versus pace.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the game settled into a contrary, niggly affair.’
    • ‘His early albums were scratchy affairs, recorded using just a boombox with a cheap built-in microphone.’
    • ‘The awning, a huge tunnel tent affair, has remained in its storage space under the seat.’
    • ‘The shirt was a sleeveless affair, worn open, with pockets all over the front.’
    • ‘Thus an issue of great concern for national security has been made into a partisan affair.’
    • ‘Convention itself took less than ninety minutes to complete, and it really was a low key affair throughout.’
    • ‘The first half was a rather dull affair lit up with three goals but with little else to recommend it.’
    • ‘The restaurant is the best; an old-fashioned wood-and-leather affair with a horseshoe bar.’
    • ‘His London gigs are particularly riotous affairs, I remark, and am rewarded with a proper beaming smile.’
    • ‘This parade was reported to be a lively and energetic affair, containing a record number of floats.’
    • ‘All in all, a trip to Italy at anytime in your life will never be a no strings attached affair.’
    • ‘The back light, a scratched grey plastic affair which had come with the bike, was less satisfying.’
    • ‘What a feeble excuse for a song that is, a classic non-quorate affair covering three notes throughout.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French afaire, from à faire to do; compare with ado.

Pronunciation:

affair

/əˈfɛː/