affect-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: have an effect or impact on

Will the new rules affect me?
This new ruling affects your business.
It affected me to the point where I couldn't concentrate in school a lot.
My family has a history of cancer and it profoundly affected me to do something.
I'm one to think of the little things in life that have affected me to become the person that I am today.
The smell of an old cheese made him feel unwell, and affected him with vomiting.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Objective_influence
PropBank: affect.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: give an impression

Its ticking affected me as being like the pulsing of a faint heartbeat.
The whole Challenger disaster always affected me as being not quite right.
She affected me as being pretty bright.
When I first read that in college, it really affected me as being amazingly insightful to the way the western world is dumbing down.

VerbNet: amuse-31.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 3: take on an appearance or position

Commentary: often, but not always, implies an intent to deceive

In the courtroom, he affected a likeable, friendly attitude with the jury, reminding them that he was not a lawyer but a defendant.
He affected a ballet pose, with one arm up and one arm trailing.
Giddy with celebrity, he affected a flamboyant lifestyle.
He affected a deliberately unkempt appearance and had a personality that tended to be abrasive.
Her only flaw was that she affected a fake British accent.
She affected a concern that she did not really feel.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Feigning
PropBank: affect.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4