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Meaning of influence by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈɪn.flu.əns/, X-SAMPA: /"In.flu.@ns/


    influence ( countable and uncountable; plural: influences )

    1. 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 .
    2. 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 .
    3. A person or thing exerting such power or action .
      He has been a great influence on the voters during the elections .
    4. ( 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 .
    5. ( obsolete ) The action of flowing in; influx .
    6. ( electricity ) electrostatic induction .

    Usage notes

    • 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 .


    influence ( third-person singular simple present influences present participle influencing, simple past and past participle influenced )

    1. ( transitive ) 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 .
    2. ( intransitive ) To exert, make us of one's influence .
    3. ( transitive, obsolete ) To cause to flow in or into; infuse; instill .

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Explanation of influence by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. shape or influence

    2. induce into action by using one's charm

    3. have and exert influence or effect

    4. The artist's work influenced the young painter
    1. causing something without any direct or apparent effort

    2. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

    3. used her parents' influence to get the job
    4. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

    5. her wishes had a great influence on his thinking
    6. one having power to influence another

    7. she was the most important influence in my life
      he was a bad influence on the children
    8. the effect of one thing ( or person ) on another

    9. the influence of mechanical action