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influence

[ in-floo-uhns ]
/ ˈɪn flu əns /
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noun
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.
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Idioms about influence

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM influence

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH influence

affluence, effluence, influence
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How to use influence in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for influence

influence
/ (ˈɪnflʊəns) /

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

Derived forms of influence

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with influence

influence

see under the influence.

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