[ in-floo-uhns ]
/ ˈɪn flu əns /


verb (used with object), in·flu·enced, in·flu·enc·ing.

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

1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin influentia stellar emanation, equivalent to Latin influent- (see influent) + -ia -y3; see -ence

SYNONYMS FOR influence

Related forms

Can be confused

affluence effluence influence

Synonym study

2. See authority. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for counter-influence


/ (ˈɪnflʊəns) /


verb (tr)

to persuade or induce
to have an effect upon (actions, events, etc); affect

Derived Forms

influenceable, adjectiveinfluencer, noun

Word Origin for influence

C14: from Medieval Latin influentia emanation of power from the stars, from Latin influere to flow into, from fluere to flow
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Idioms and Phrases with counter-influence


see under the influence.

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