- 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.
- Astrol. the flowing of an ethereal fluid or power from the stars, affecting 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, group, or thing that has influence
- Elec. the effect of an external field
Origin of influenceOld French from Medieval Latin influentia, a flowing in from Classical Latin influens, present participle of influere, to flow in from -in, in + fluere, to flow: see fluctuate
transitive verb-·enced, -·enc·ing
under the influence
- A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort: the pervasive influence that TV has on modern life; young people falling under the influence of a radical philosopher.
- Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position: used her family's influence to get the job.
- A person who exerts such power: My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.
- 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.
transitive verbin·flu·enced, in·flu·enc·ing, in·flu·enc·es
- To have an influence on (something); change: a news report that influenced the outcome of the election.
- To change the behavior or thinking of (someone); sway: negative ads that are intended to influence voters.
Origin of influenceMiddle 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural influences)
- The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.
- I have absolutely no influence over him.
- An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.
- I'm not able to exercise influence over him.
- A person or thing exerting such power or action.
- He has been a great influence on the voters during the elections.
- (astrology) An element believed to determine someone's character or individual tendencies, caused by the position of the stars and planets at the time of one's birth.
- (electricity) Electrostatic induction.
- Adjectives often applied to "influence": cultural, political, social, economic, military, personal, moral, intellectual, mental, good, bad, positive, negative, beneficial, harmful, huge, big, heavy, significant, important, potential, actual, primary.
(third-person singular simple present influences, present participle influencing, simple past and past participle influenced)
From Middle English, from Old French influence (“emanation from the stars affecting one's fate”), from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, from Latin īnfluēns (“flowing in”), present active participle of īnfluō (“flow into”), from in- (“in-”) + fluō (“flow”).