- The definition of influence is the power that someone has over someone or something.
An example of influence is the strength that a campaign has to change the mind of potential voters.
- Influence is defined as to affect a person or thing.
An example of influence is for a high school student to complete all of his assignments on time, thereby making his little brother want to do the same.
influence definition by Webster's New World
- Astrol. the flowing of an ethereal fluid or power from the stars, thought to affect people's character and actions
- the power of persons or things to affect others, seen only in its effects
- the action or effect of such power
- the ability of a person or group to produce effects indirectly by means of power based on wealth, high position, etc.
- a person or thing that has influence
- Elec. the effect of an external field
Origin: Old French ; from Midieval Latin influentia, a flowing in ; from Classical Latin influens, present participle of influere, to flow in ; from -in, in plush fluere, to flow: see fluctuate
influence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort: relaxed under the influence of the music; the influence of television on modern life.
- Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position: used her parent's influence to get the job.
- a. A person who exerts influence: My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.b. An effect or change produced by influence.
- a. A determining factor believed by some to affect individual tendencies and characteristics understood to be caused by the positions of the stars and planets at the time of one's birth.b. Factors believed to be caused by the changing positions of the stars and planets in relation to their positions at the time of one's birth.
- To produce an effect on by imperceptible or intangible means; sway.
- To affect the nature, development, or condition of; modify. See Synonyms at affect1.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, influx, from Latin īnfluēns, īnfluent-, present participle of īnfluere, to flow in : in-, in; see in-2 + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
- inˈflu·ence·a·ble adjective
- inˈflu·enc·er noun
influence - Phrases/Idioms
under the influence