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affect vb.1 (2 by far the commonest sense; 4 only once)
1. to aim at, aspire to Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 433, 2H6 IV. vii. 103, Cor. III. iii. 1 “affects Tyrannical power,” IV. vi. 32.
2. to be fond of, love Tw.N. II. v. 28, Lr. I. i. 1.
3. to be inclined Ant. I. iii. 71 “making peace or war As thou affect'st.”
4. to assume the character of, imitate John I. i. 86 “The accent of his tongue affecteth him.”
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