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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-fair]
    • /əˈfɛər/
    • /əˈfeər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-fair]
    • /əˈfɛər/

Definitions of affairs word

  • noun plural affairs personal or business interests 3
  • noun plural affairs matters of public interest 3
  • noun affairs anything done or to be done; anything requiring action or effort; business; concern: an affair of great importance. 1
  • noun affairs affairs, matters of commercial or public interest or concern; the transactions of public or private business or finance: affairs of state; Before taking such a long trip you should put all your affairs in order. 1
  • noun affairs an event or a performance; a particular action, operation, or proceeding: When did this affair happen? 1
  • noun affairs thing; matter (applied to anything made or existing, usually with a descriptive or qualifying term): Our new computer is an amazing affair. 1

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Origin of affairs

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; earlier affaire < French, Old French afaire for a faire to do, equivalent to a (< Latin ad to) + faire ≪ Latin facere; replacing Middle English afere < Old French

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Parts of speech for Affairs


affairs popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for affairs

noun affairs

  • business — Business is work relating to the production, buying, and selling of goods or services.
  • matters — the substance or substances of which any physical object consists or is composed: the matter of which the earth is made.
  • dealings — Someone's dealings with a person or organization are the relations that they have with them or the business that they do with them.
  • activities — the state or quality of being active: There was not much activity in the stock market today. He doesn't have enough physical activity in his life.
  • undertakings — the act of a person who undertakes any task or responsibility.

Antonyms for affairs

noun affairs

  • hobbies — an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving.

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