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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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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (9):
    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 4.6
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 4.7
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.5
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.4
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