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in•flu•ence /ˈɪnfluəns/USA pronunciation n., v., -enced, -enc•ing.

  • [uncountable] the power to produce effects by indirect means:the influence of religion in politics.
  • [countable] a person or thing that exerts influence:Is he a good influence on her behavior?
  • [uncountable] the power to persuade, or to obtain advantages due to one's status, rank, etc.:Thanks to his uncle's influence he was able to get a job.

  • v. [+ object]
  • 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.
  • idiom
    1. Law, Idiomsunder the influence, [Law.]less than drunk but feeling the effects of alcohol or drugs:arrested for driving while under the influence.

    See -flu-.

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    influence /ˈɪnflʊəns/ n
    1. an effect of one person or thing on another
    2. the power of a person or thing to have such an effect
    3. power or sway resulting from ability, wealth, position, etc
    4. a person or thing having influence
    5. an ethereal fluid or occult power regarded as emanating from the stars and affecting a person's actions, future, etc
    6. under the influenceinformal drunk
    vb (transitive)
    1. to persuade or induce
    2. to have an effect upon (actions, events, etc); affect
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin influentia emanation of power from the stars, from Latin influere to flow into, from fluere to flow

    ˈinfluenceable adj ˈinfluencer n

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