Influence meaning

ĭnflo͝o-əns
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.

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Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position.

Used her family's influence to get the job.

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A person who exerts such power.

My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.

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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.

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To have an influence on (something); change.

A news report that influenced the outcome of the election.

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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.

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A person or thing exerting such power or action.

He has been a great influence on the voters during the elections.

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To change the behavior or thinking of (someone); sway.

Negative ads that are intended to influence voters.

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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.

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(elec.) The effect of an external field.
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To exert or have influence on; have an effect on the nature, behavior, development, action, or thought of.
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To affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to persuade or induce.

The politician wants to influence the public.

I must admit that this book influenced my outlook on life.

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(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.
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(intransitive) To exert, make use of one's influence.
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(astrol.) The flowing of an ethereal fluid or power from the stars, affecting people's character and actions.
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(electricity) Electrostatic induction.
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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.

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A person, group, or thing that has influence.
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The ability of a person or group to produce effects indirectly by means of power based on wealth, high position, etc.
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under the influence
  • Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
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under the influence
  • (while) having one's judgment, motor skills, etc. affected by the use of alcohol or a drug
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Origin of influence

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin īnfluentia influx from Latin īnfluēns īnfluent- present participle of īnfluere to flow in in- in in–2 fluere to flow bhleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary