WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•flu•ence /ˈɪnfluəns/USA pronunciation
n., v., -enced, -enc•ing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [~ + object]
- the power to produce effects by indirect means:[uncountable]the influence of religion in politics.
- a person or thing that exerts influence:[countable]Is he a good influence on her behavior?
- the power to persuade, or to obtain advantages due to one's status, rank, etc.:[uncountable]Thanks to his uncle's influence he was able to get a job.
- to cause an effect on (someone);
affect:The job market influenced his decision to relocate.
- to persuade;
to move (someone) to some action:Don't let me influence you; you make your own decision.[~ + object + to + verb]My father influenced me to accept the job.
- Law, Idiomsunder the influence, less than drunk but feeling the effects of alcohol or drugs:arrested for driving while under the influence.
(in′flo̅o̅ əns),USA pronunciation n., v., -enced, -enc•ing. n.
- the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others:He used family influence to get the contract.
- the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others:Her mother's influence made her stay.
- a person or thing that exerts influence:He is an influence for the good.
- the radiation of an ethereal fluid from the stars, regarded as affecting human actions and destinies.
- the exercise of occult power by the stars, or such power as exercised.
- the exercise of similar power by human beings.
- Lawmakingunder the influence, less than drunk but with one's nervous system impaired:He was driving while under the influence.Also, under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
- to exercise influence on;
sway:to influence a person.
- to move or impel (a person) to some action:Outside factors influenced her to resign.
- Medieval Latin influentia stellar emanation, equivalent. to Latin influent- (see influent) + -ia -y3; see -ence
- Middle English 1325–75
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sway, rule. See authority.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged impress, bias, direct, control.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged incite, rouse, arouse, instigate, induce, persuade.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
influence /ˈɪnflʊəns/ n
- an effect of one person or thing on another
- the power of a person or thing to have such an effect
- power or sway resulting from ability, wealth, position, etc
- a person or thing having influence
- an ethereal fluid or occult power regarded as emanating from the stars and affecting a person's actions, future, etc
- under the influence ⇒ informal drunk
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin influentia emanation of power from the stars, from Latin influere to flow into, from fluere to flowˈinfluenceable adj ˈinfluencer n
- to persuade or induce
- to have an effect upon (actions, events, etc); affect
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