Definition of affection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈfekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfekʃn//
    Friendly, Romance, Love
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  1. 1  [uncountable, singular] the feeling of liking or loving somebody/something very much and caring about them Children need lots of love and affection. He didn't show his wife any affection. She was held in deep affection by all her students. affection for somebody/something Mr Darcy’s affection for his sister I have a great affection for New York. CollocationsMarriage and divorceRomance fall/​be (madly/​deeply/​hopelessly) in love (with somebody) be/​believe in/​fall in love at first sight be/​find true love/​the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/​pangs of) unrequited love have/​feel/​show/​express great/​deep/​genuine affection for somebody/​something meet/​marry your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have/​go on a (blind) date be going out with/(especially North American English) dating a guy/​girl/​boy/​man/​woman move in with/​live with your boyfriend/​girlfriend/​partnerWeddings get/​be engaged/​married/​divorced arrange/​plan a wedding have a big wedding/​a honeymoon/​a happy marriage have/​enter into an arranged marriage call off/​cancel/​postpone your wedding invite somebody to/​go to/​attend a wedding/​a wedding ceremony/​a wedding reception conduct/​perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/​wedding vows/​marriage vows congratulate/​toast/​raise a glass to the happy couple be/​go on honeymoon (with your wife/​husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversarySeparation and divorce be unfaithful to/(informal) cheat on your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/​end an engagement/​a relationship break up with/​split up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/​girlfriend separate from/​be separated from/​leave/​divorce your husband/​wife annul/​dissolve a marriage apply for/​ask for/​go through/​get a divorce get/​gain/​be awarded/​have/​lose custody of the children pay alimony/​child support (to your ex-wife/​husband) See related entries: Friendly, Romance, Love
  2. 2affections [plural] (formal or literary) a person’s feelings of love Anne had two men trying to win her affections. The object of her affections was a young man named Paul.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin affectio(n-), from afficere ‘to influence’, from ad- ‘at, to’ + facere ‘do’.Extra examples He just wants a bit of affection. He was held in great affection by hundreds of students. He’ll be remembered with genuine affection. I don’t go in for public displays of affection. I have a deep affection for his mother. I yearn for the love and affection I once had. She had developed a real affection for him. She had tried hard to win his affection. The object of his affections was a young opera singer. The teacher showed affection to all her students. a strong feeling of affection Mr Darcy’s affection for his sister was never in doubt. Open displays of affection always embarrassed her. She spoke/​treated him/​looked at him/​hugged him with great affection.
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