Definition of afflict verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

afflict

 verb
verb
NAmE//əˈflɪkt//
 
[often passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they afflict
 
he / she / it afflicts
 
past simple afflicted
 
-ing form afflicting
 
 
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to affect someone or something in an unpleasant or harmful way afflict somebody/something Aid will be sent to the afflicted areas. Severe drought has afflicted the region. be afflicted with/by something About 40% of the country's population is afflicted with the disease.
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