From Proto-Italic *adfaktō, frequentative of *adfakiō (“affect”), from *ad + *fakiō (“do, make”). Surface etymology: frequentative of afficiō, from ad- + faciō.
affectō (present infinitive affectāre, perfect active affectāvī, supine affectātum); first conjugation
- I strive after, pursue, aim to do; desire, aspire at.
- (with viam) I enter on or take a way, set out on, journey.
- (with spem) I cling to, cherish.
- I seize, lay hold of.
- I seek to draw, try to win over or attempt to lay hold of.
- I pretend to have, affect, feign.