WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
in•flu•ence /ˈɪnfluəns/USA pronunciation n., v., -enced, -enc•ing.
n.  [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.
    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-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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