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af·fair

 (ə-fâr′)
n.
1.
a. Something done or experienced; a matter or event: Preparing dessert was a messy affair.
b. A matter of personal concern: What I did is my own affair.
c. A matter causing public scandal and controversy: the Dreyfus affair.
d. A social function: The reception was a posh affair.
2. affairs
a. Transactions and other matters of professional or public business: affairs of state.
b. Personal business: get one's affairs in order.
3. An object or a contrivance: Their first car was a ramshackle affair.
4. A sexual relationship between two people, especially when at least one of them is married or in another committed romantic relationship.

[Middle English affaire, from Old French afaire, from a faire, to do : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + faire, to do (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).]
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affair

(əˈfɛə)
n
1. a thing to be done or attended to; matter; business: this affair must be cleared up.
2. an event or happening: a strange affair.
3. (qualified by an adjective or descriptive phrase) something previously specified, esp a man-made object; thing: our house is a tumbledown affair.
4. a sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other
[C13: from Old French, from à faire to do]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

af•fair

(əˈfɛər)

n.
1. anything requiring action or effort; business; concern.
2. affairs, matters of commercial or public interest or concern: affairs of state.
3. thing; matter (usu. used with a descriptive or qualifying term): Our new computer is a complex affair.
4. a private or personal concern: That's none of your affair.
5. a usu. brief amorous relationship.
6. an incident that occasions notoriety, dispute, and often public scandal: the Congressional bribery affair.
7. a social gathering or other organized festive occasion.
[1250–1300; Middle English afere < Old French afaire, for a faire to do =a (< Latin ad to) + faire « Latin facere]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.affair - a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
least - something that is of no importance; "it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"
2.affair - a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationshipaffair - a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
sexual relationship - a relationship involving sexual intimacy
3.affair - a vaguely specified social eventaffair - a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
social event - an event characteristic of persons forming groups
party - an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment; "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"
celebration, jubilation - a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
fundraiser - a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money
photo op, photo opportunity - an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed
sleepover - an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

affair

noun
2. occasion, happening, experience, event, celebration, occurrence Breakfast will be a cheerless affair for the minister this morning.
3. relationship, romance, intrigue, fling, liaison, flirtation, amour, dalliance A married male supervisor was carrying on an affair with a colleague.
4. concern, problem, business, matter, worry, responsibility, look-out, headache (informal) If you want to make a fool of yourself, that is your affair.
plural noun
1. concerns, records, papers, activities, proceedings, transactions, annals, doings The unexpectedness of his death meant that his affairs were not in order.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

affair

noun
1. Something to be done, considered, or dealt with:
2. A large or important social gathering:
Informal: do.
Slang: bash.
3. Something that concerns or involves one personally:
4. An intimate sexual relationship between two people:
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Translations
أمْر، شَأن، شَيءأُمُور، قَضَايَاشَأْنعَلاقَة غَرَامِيَّهمَسْأله، قَضِيَّه
záležitostaféramilostný poměrpletkapoměr
affæreanliggendebegivenhedsag
tapahtuma
aferastvar
ástarsambandhluturmálmál, málefni
事柄
atsitikimasdaiktasistorijameilės ryšiaireikalas
darījumsdarīšanadēkalieta
aféramilostný pomer
bojstvarzadeva
affär
สถานการณ์ที่ได้รับการจัดการ
aşk ilişkisiişlermaceraolayolaylar
vấn đề

affair

[əˈfɛəʳ] N
1. (= business) → asunto m
the government has mishandled the affairel gobierno ha llevado mal el asunto
2. affairs (= matters) → asuntos mpl
you will have to put your affairs in ordertendrás que aclarar tus asuntos
she runs my business affairsella se encarga de lo relacionado con mis negocios
affairs of the heartasuntos mpl del corazón
a man of affairsun hombre de negocios
affairs of stateasuntos mpl de estado
3. (= event) → ocasión f
it will be a big affairserá una ocasión importanteserá todo un acontecimiento
the minister's visit will be a purely private affairla visita del ministro tendrá un carácter puramente privado
dinner was a gloomy affairla cena no fue una ocasión muy alegre
4. (= case) → caso m, asunto m
the Watergate affairel caso Watergate, el asunto (de) Watergate
5. (= concern) → asunto m
that's my affaireso es asunto mío or cosa mía, eso sólo me concierne a mí
if he wants to make a fool of himself, that's his affairsi quiere hacer el ridículo, es asunto suyo or allá él
6. (= love affair) → aventura f (amorosa), affaire m, lío m (amoroso)
he had an affair with a French girltuvo una aventura or un affaire con una chica francesa, tuvo un lío or estuvo liado con una chica francesa
they're having an affairestán liados
7. (= thing) the bed was an iron affair with brass knobsla cama era un trasto de hierro con adornos de bronce
the house was a ramshackle, wooden affairla casa era un destartalado cobertizo de madera
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

affair

[əˈfɛər]
n
(= incident) → affaire f
It was a dreadful affair → Ce fut une affaire terrible.
(= concern) → affaire f
that's your affair → c'est ton affaire
(also love affair) (long-term)liaison f; (casual)aventure f
to have an affair with somebody (long-term)avoir une liaison avec quelqu'un; (casual)avoir une aventure avec quelqu'un
a passionate affair → une aventure passionnée, une liaison passionnée
affairs n (= business) → affaires fpl
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

affair

n
(= event, concern, matter, business)Sache f, → Angelegenheit f; the investigation was an odd affair altogetherdie Untersuchung war schon eine seltsame Sache or Angelegenheit; a scandalous affairein Skandal m; the Watergate/Profumo affairdie Watergate-/Profumo-Affäre; the state of affairs with the economydie Lage der Wirtschaft; in the present state of affairsbei or in der gegenwärtigen Lage or Situation, beim gegenwärtigen Stand der Dinge; a state of affairs I don’t approve ofein Zustand, den ich nicht billige; this is a sorry state of affairs!das sind ja schöne Zustände!; your private affairs don’t concern medeine Privatangelegenheiten sind mir egal; financial affairs have never interested meFinanzfragen haben mich nie interessiert; I never interfere with his business affairsich mische mich nie in seine geschäftlichen Angelegenheiten ein; man of affairs (liter, form)Geschäftsmann m; affairs of stateStaatsangelegenheiten pl; affairs of the heartHerzensangelegenheiten pl; it’s not your affair what I do in the eveningswas ich abends tue, geht dich nichts an; that’s my/his affair!das ist meine/seine Sache! ? also current ADJ, foreign affairs
(= love affair)Verhältnis nt, → Affäre f (dated); to have an affair with somebodyein Verhältnis mit jdm haben
(= duel) affair of honourEhrenhandel m
(inf: = object, thing) → Ding nt; what’s this funny aerial affair?was soll dieses komische Antennendings? (inf); the committee was an odd affairdas Komitee war eine seltsame Sache
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

affair

[əˈfɛəʳ] n
a. (event) → faccenda, affare m; (love affair) → relazione f (amorosa); (brief) → avventura
it will be a big affair → sarà un avvenimento
the Watergate affair → il caso Watergate
that's my affair → sono affari or fatti miei
it's a bad state of affairs → è una brutta situazione
b. affairs npl (business) → affari
foreign affairs → affari esteri
affairs of state → affari di stato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

affair

(əˈfeə) noun
1. happenings etc which are connected with a particular person or thing. the Suez affair.
2. a thing. The new machine is a weird-looking affair.
3. (often in plural) business; concern(s). financial affairs; Where I go is entirely my own affair.
4. a love relationship. His wife found out about his affair with another woman.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

affair

شَأْن záležitost affære Angelegenheit υπόθεση asunto tapahtuma affaire stvar questione 事柄 zaak affære sprawa assunto дело affär สถานการณ์ที่ได้รับการจัดการ olay vấn đề 事务
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

affair

n. asunto, cuestión.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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