[ in-floo-uhns ]
/ ˈɪn flu əns /
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.
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 for 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
synonym study for influence
2. See authority.
OTHER WORDS FROM influence
in·flu·ence·a·ble, adjectivein·flu·enc·er, nouncoun·ter·in·flu·ence, noun, verb (used with object), coun·ter·in·flu·enced, coun·ter·in·flu·enc·ing.in·ter·in·flu·ence, verb, in·ter·in·flu·enced, in·ter·in·flu·enc·ing.
non·in·flu·ence, nounout·in·flu·ence, verb (used with object), out·in·flu·enced, out·in·flu·enc·ing.o·ver·in·flu·ence, verb (used with object), o·ver·in·flu·enced, o·ver·in·flu·enc·ing.pre·in·flu·ence, nounre·in·flu·ence, verb (used with object), re·in·flu·enced, re·in·flu·enc·ing.su·per·in·flu·ence, noun, verb (used with object), su·per·in·flu·enced, su·per·in·flu·enc·ing.un·in·flu·enced, adjectiveun·in·flu·enc·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for influence
/ (ˈɪnflʊəns) /
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
Derived forms of influenceinfluenceable, 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 influence
see under the influence.
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