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noun affair pronunciation in American English /əˈfer/
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  1. 1


    [plural] events and activities relating to the government, politics, economy, etc. of a country, region, or the world

    a public affairs consultant

    The new president is seen to be unreliable on foreign affairs.

    a social/regional/international affairs correspondent

    See also current affairs
  2. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] something that happens, especially something shocking, in public or political life

    Two congressmen resigned because of the affair.

    The president’s popularity remained largely unaffected by the whole affair.

  3. 5
    [countable] used for talking about an event, situation, etc.

    The party was a rather dull affair.

    a family affair:

    The film is very much a family affair – all her brothers are in the cast.

    1. a.
      informal used for talking about what an object looks like

      Her dress was a long silky affair.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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