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Impact vs. Affect — What's the Difference?

Impact vs. Affect — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Impact and Affect

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Impact

The action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another
There was the sound of a third impact
Bullets which expand and cause devastating injury on impact
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Affect

To have an influence on or effect a change in
Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
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Impact

A marked effect or influence
Our regional measures have had a significant impact on unemployment
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Affect

To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
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Impact

Come into forcible contact with another object
The shell impacted twenty yards away
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Affect

To attack or infect, as a disease
Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.
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Impact

Have a strong effect on someone or something
The move is not expected to impact the company's employees
High interest rates have impacted on retail spending
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Affect

To put on a false show of; simulate
Affected a British accent.
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Impact

The striking of one body against another; collision.
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Affect

To have or show a liking for
Affects dramatic clothes.
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Impact

The force transmitted by a collision.
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Affect

(Archaic) To fancy; love.
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Impact

The effect or impression of one person or thing on another
Still gauging the impact of automation on the lives of factory workers.
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Affect

To tend to by nature; tend to assume
A substance that affects crystalline form.
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Impact

To pack firmly together.
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Affect

To imitate; copy
"Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language" (Ben Jonson).
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Impact

To strike forcefully
Meteorites impacting the lunar surface.
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Affect

Feeling or emotion, especially as manifested by facial expression or body language
"The soldiers seen on television had been carefully chosen for blandness of affect" (Norman Mailer).
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Impact

To have an effect or impact on
"No region ... has been more impacted by emerging ... economic trends" (Joel Kotkin).
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Affect

(Obsolete) A disposition, feeling, or tendency.
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Impact

To have an effect or impact. See Usage Note below.
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Affect

(transitive) To influence or alter.
The experience affected me deeply.
The heat of the sunlight affected the speed of the chemical reaction.
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Impact

The striking of one body against another; collision.
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Affect

(transitive) To move to emotion.
He was deeply affected by the tragic ending of the play.
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Impact

The force or energy of a collision of two objects.
The hatchet cut the wood on impact.
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Affect

Of an illness or condition, to infect or harm (a part of the body).
Hepatitis affects the liver.
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Impact

A forced impinging.
His spine had an impingement; L4 and L5 made impact, which caused numbness in his leg.
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Affect

To dispose or incline.
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Impact

A significant or strong influence or effect.
His friend's opinion had an impact on his decision.
Our choice of concrete will have a tremendous impact on the building's mechanical performance.
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Affect

To tend to by affinity or disposition.
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Impact

(transitive) To collide or strike, the act of impinging.
When the hammer impacts the nail, it bends.
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Affect

To assign; to appoint.
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Impact

(transitive) To compress; to compact; to press into something or pack together.
The footprints of birds do not impact the soil in the way those of dinosaurs do.
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Affect

To burden (property) with a fixed charge or payment, or other condition or restriction.
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Impact

To significantly or strongly influence or affect; to have an impact on.
I can make the changes, but it will impact the schedule.
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Affect

(transitive) To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume. To make a false display of.
To affect ignorance
To affect a British accent
He managed to affect a smile despite feeling quite miserable.
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Impact

To stamp or impress onto something.
Ideas impacted on the mind.
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Affect

To aim for, to try to obtain.
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Impact

To drive close; to press firmly together: to wedge into a place.
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Affect

To feel affection for (someone); to like, be fond of.
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Impact

To affect or influence, especially in a significant or undesirable manner; as, budget cuts impacted the entire research program; the fish populations were adversely impacted by pollution.
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Affect

To show a fondness for (something); to choose.
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Impact

To collide forcefully with; to strike.
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Affect

(psychology) A subjective feeling experienced in response to a thought or other stimulus; mood, emotion, especially as demonstrated in external physical signs.
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Impact

Contact or impression by touch; collision; forcible contact; force communicated.
The quarrel, by that impact driven.
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Affect

(obsolete) One's mood or inclination; mental state.
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Impact

The single instantaneous stroke of a body in motion against another either in motion or at rest.
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Affect

(obsolete) A desire, an appetite.
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Impact

The striking of one body against another
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Affect

To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.
As might affect the earth with cold heat.
The climate affected their health and spirits.
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Impact

A forceful consequence; a strong effect;
The book had an important impact on my thinking
The book packs a wallop
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Affect

To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch.
A consideration of the rationale of our passions seems to me very necessary for all who would affect them upon solid and pure principles.
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Impact

Influencing strongly;
They resented the impingement of American values on European culture
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Affect

To love; to regard with affection.
As for Queen Katharine, he rather respected than affected, rather honored than loved, her.
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Impact

The violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat;
The armies met in the shock of battle
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Affect

To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually.
For he does neither affect company, nor is he fit for it, indeed.
Do not affect the society of your inferiors in rank, nor court that of the great.
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Impact

Press or wedge together; pack together
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Affect

To dispose or incline.
Men whom they thought best affected to religion and their country's liberty.
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Impact

Have an effect upon;
Will the new rules affect me?
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Affect

To aim at; to aspire; to covet.
This proud man affects imperial way.
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Affect

To tend to by affinity or disposition.
The drops of every fluid affect a round figure.
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Affect

To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance.
Careless she is with artful care,Affecting to seem unaffected.
Thou dost affect my manners.
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Affect

To assign; to appoint.
One of the domestics was affected to his special service.
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Affect

Affection; inclination; passion; feeling; disposition.
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Affect

The emotional complex associated with an idea or mental state. In hysteria, the affect is sometimes entirely dissociated, sometimes transferred to another than the original idea.
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Affect

The conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
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Affect

Have an effect upon;
Will the new rules affect me?
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Affect

Act physically on; have an effect upon
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Affect

Connect closely and often incriminatingly;
This new ruling affects your business
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Affect

Make believe with the intent to deceive;
He feigned that he was ill
He shammed a headache
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Affect

Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon;
This child impressed me as unusually mature
This behavior struck me as odd
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