[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. inflict,
  2. infliction,
  3. inflight,
  4. inflorescence,
  5. inflow,
  6. influence peddler,
  7. influencer,
  8. influent,
  9. influential,
  10. influenza


    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

Related forms
Can be confusedaffluence 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 influencing


/ (ˈɪnflʊəns) /


verb (tr)

to persuade or induce
to have an effect upon (actions, events, etc); affect
Derived Formsinfluenceable, 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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Word Origin and History for influencing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with influencing


see under the influence.

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