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Definitions and Synonyms of affair | Another word for affair | What is affair?

Definition 1: a vaguely specified concern - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where affair or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • several matters to attend to
  • it is none of your affair
  • things are going well

Synonyms for affair in the sense of this definition

(affair is a kind of ...) something that interests you because it is important or affects you

"the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

(... is a kind of affair ) something that is of no importance

"it is the least I can do" "that is the least of my concerns"

Definition 2: a vaguely specified social event - [noun denoting event]

Samples where affair or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the party was quite an affair
  • an occasion arranged to honor the president
  • a seemingly endless round of social functions

Synonyms for affair in the sense of this definition

(affair is a kind of ...) an event characteristic of persons forming groups

(... is a kind of affair ) an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

"he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"

(... is a kind of affair ) a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event

(... is a kind of affair ) a formal event performed on a special occasion

"a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

(... is a kind of affair ) a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money

(... is a kind of affair ) an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed

(... is a kind of affair ) 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)

Definition 3: a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for affair in the sense of this definition

(affair is a kind of ...) a relationship involving sexual intimacy

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