Definition of affected in English:

affected

adjective

  • 1Influenced or touched by an external factor.

    ‘apply moist heat to the affected area’
    • ‘If the affected area becomes red, warm, or tender to the touch, notify your child's doctor.’
    • ‘This problem was anticipated in the affected areas.’
    • ‘The authorities had blocked huge areas around the affected Tube stations.’
    • ‘We're coordinating with local parish officials in the affected areas to provide whatever logistical help we can.’
    • ‘A lot of the affected areas are driven by tourism.’
    • ‘The situation in all of the affected areas remains very dangerous.’
    • ‘And we're working to assist the school districts that have taken in students from the affected areas.’
    • ‘Whether you live in the affected area or not is irrelevant.’
    • ‘Soon the affected area was hit by a severe drought.’
    • ‘The affected area may feel hot and be sensitive to the touch.’
    • ‘The patient's cervical spine is placed in extension and the head rotated toward the affected shoulder.’
    • ‘For all external uses, apply turmeric powder directly to the affected area every two hours, using a clean cloth.’
    • ‘Using a lotion on the affected area will help the skin soften and lighten up.’
    • ‘The Admiral is also directing buses to the affected areas to help us move our people out.’
    • ‘The crystals inside the joint cause intense pain whenever the affected area is moved.’
    • ‘The United Nations is saying that 20 per cent of affected areas are yet to be assessed by any aid teams.’
    • ‘Many of them have very personal connections to the affected area.’
    • ‘This is achieved by applying sustained external pressure to the affected lower extremity.’
    • ‘This bill does go some way towards assisting the affected farmers.’
    • ‘People have been warned not to touch the water in affected areas.’
  • 2Artificial, pretentious, and designed to impress.

    ‘the gesture appeared both affected and stagy’
    • ‘The character is all Ivy-league pretensions and affected accent.’
    • ‘Maybe it was an affected statesman-like pose for the television cameras.’
    • ‘Everyone immediately went back to what they were doing in a rather false and affected way.’
    • ‘The accent and intonation were near perfect, and there was no sign of affected or artificial delivery.’
    • ‘But I'm afraid I detected a kind of affected pose in the presentation of the idea.’
    • ‘It is simplicity in a pudding bowl, and the tradition of a final splash of whisky on top is neither an affected nor over-elaborate addition.’
    • ‘What she actually offers is a load of manufactured pop songs, sung in a slightly affected posh voice.’
    • ‘His concern that members will lose faith in liberal democracy is affected and false.’
    • ‘I mean, if there's anything more affected than a fake accent, it's pretending you don't know you're doing it.’
    • ‘Mercifully, they have more or less avoided the affected, fake English accents that plagued the sub-genre.’
    pretentious, high-flown, ostentatious, pompous, grandiose, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overworked, overdone
    contrived, forced, laboured, strained, stiff, posed, stagy, studied, mannered, hollow, insincere, unconvincing
    artificial, unnatural, assumed, pretended, feigned, false, fake, faked, counterfeit, sham, simulated, spurious, pseudo, mock, imitation
    la-di-da, hoity-toity, highfalutin, fancy-pants, posey, pseud, phoney, pretend, put on
    poncey, posh, toffee-nosed
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  • 3archaic [predicative] Disposed or inclined in a specified way.

    ‘you might become differently affected toward him’
    • ‘This tribe has been well affected toward the French, but they are at present somewhat in revolt.’
    • ‘We think the true scholar will be affected toward language and Nature.’
    • ‘I frequently received visits also from the general who was very well affected toward me.’

Pronunciation:

affected

/əˈfektəd/