affected

If a company is hit by job cuts, its employees will probably wonder whether they'll be affected — meaning they'll experience a change to their employment status.

One of the most common vocabulary mix-ups is effect and affect: effect is usually a noun, and affect is usually a verb that means "to influence" of "act upon." Affected is the adjective form of the verb. After a flood, affected homeowners might try to get insurance. A sad movie might leave you deeply affected. The word can also refer to behavior that's done only to impress someone: if you're acting affected, you might use big, fake melodramatic gestures.

Primary Meanings of affected

1.
adj
acted upon; influenced
2.
adj
speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
Full Definitions of affected
1

adj acted upon; influenced

Synonyms:
impressed
deeply or markedly affected or influenced
smitten, stricken, struck
(used in combination) affected by something overwhelming
stage-struck
infatuated with or enthralled by the theater especially the desire to act
subject
likely to be affected by something
taken
be affected with an indisposition
wonder-struck
affected by or overcome with wonder
moved, stirred, touched
being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion
Antonyms:
unaffected
undergoing no change when acted upon
immune
(usually followed by `to') not affected by a given influence
superior
(often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by
unimpressed
not moved to serious regard
uninfluenced, unswayed, untouched
not influenced or affected
unaffected, unmoved, untouched
emotionally unmoved
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adj being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion

Synonyms:
moved, stirred, touched
emotional
of more than usual emotion
sick
deeply affected by a strong feeling
Antonyms:
unaffected, unmoved, untouched
emotionally unmoved
unaffected
undergoing no change when acted upon
unemotional
unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion
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adj speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression

Synonyms:
unnatural
agonistic, strained
struggling for effect
artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted
artificially formal
constrained, forced, strained
lacking spontaneity; not natural
elocutionary
(used of style of speaking) overly embellished
mannered
having unnatural mannerisms
plummy
(of a voice) affectedly mellow and rich
studied
produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation
Antonyms:
unaffected
free of artificiality; sincere and genuine
lifelike, natural
free from artificiality
unmannered
without artificiality; natural
unselfconscious
not self-conscious
unstilted
flowing naturally and continuously
uncontrived, unstudied
not by design or artifice; unforced and impromptu
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