- the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others: He used family influence to get the contract.
- the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others: Her mother's influence made her stay.
- a person or thing that exerts influence: He is an influence for the good.
- the radiation of an ethereal fluid from the stars, regarded as affecting human actions and destinies.
- the exercise of occult power by the stars, or such power as exercised.
- the exercise of similar power by human beings.
- Obsolete. influx.
- to exercise influence on; affect; sway: to influence a person.
- to move or impel (a person) to some action: Outside factors influenced her to resign.
- under the influence, Law. less than drunk but with one's nervous system impaired: He was driving while under the influence.Also under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
Origin of influence
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Examples from the Web for influencing
In August 2013, his mother had warned police that Brice was being radicalized and influencing Bertrand.France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks
December 24, 2014
He pleaded to keep the initiative alive in hopes of influencing that process.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
But all that said, what does Facebook get out of influencing our emotions?Of Course Facebook Wants to Control Your Feelings
July 5, 2014
At George Washington University, wannabe political peddlers can now study the much-maligned world of swaying and influencing.Earn Your Degree in… Lobbying?
April 3, 2014
They also allegedly broadcast scenes to aid the Muslim Brotherhood “in achieving its goals and influencing the public opinion.”Egypt: Al Jazeera Had ‘Marriott Cell’ Of Terror
February 6, 2014
I suspect that she was the means of influencing so large a purchase.Brave and Bold
His letters from here are influencing the whole European Press.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Psychotherapy is the practice of treating the sick by influencing the mental life.Psychotherapy
This document he placed in the hands of Nottingham to use in influencing the Council.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
But one or more will be found in every person whom it succeeds in influencing and dominating.Quiet Talks on Power
- an effect of one person or thing on another
- the power of a person or thing to have such an effect
- power or sway resulting from ability, wealth, position, etc
- a person or thing having influence
- astrology an ethereal fluid or occult power regarded as emanating from the stars and affecting a person's actions, future, etc
- under the influence informal drunk
- to persuade or induce
- to have an effect upon (actions, events, etc); affect
Word Origin and History for influencing
1650s, from influence (n.). Related: Influenced; influencing.
late 14c., an astrological term, "streaming ethereal power from the stars acting upon character or destiny of men," from Old French influence "emanation from the stars that acts upon one's character and destiny" (13c.), also "a flow of water," from Medieval Latin influentia "a flowing in" (also used in the astrological sense), from Latin influentem (nominative influens), present participle of influere "to flow into," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Meaning "exercise of personal power by human beings" is from mid-15c.; meaning "exertion of unseen influence by persons" is from 1580s (a sense already in Medieval Latin, e.g. Aquinas). Under the influence "drunk" first attested 1866.
Idioms and Phrases with influencing
see under the influence.