affects , affecting , affected
If something affects a person or thing, it influences them or causes them to change in some way.
Nicotine adversely affects the functioning of the heart and arteries.
More than seven million people have been affected by drought.
The new law will directly affect thousands of people.
If a disease affects someone, it causes them to become ill.
Arthritis is a crippling disease which affects people all over the world.
If something or someone affects you, they make you feel a strong emotion, especially sadness or pity.
If Jim had been more independent, the divorce would not have affected him as deeply.