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

    affairs

    [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. 2

    affairs

    [plural] things relating to your personal life, for example what is happening within your family or your financial situation

    We are friends, but I don't know much about their private affairs.

  3. 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.

  4. 4
    [countable] a sexual relationship between two people, especially when one of them is married to someone else
    have an affair:

    Her husband denied that he was having an affair.

  5. 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.

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