WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•flu•ence /ˈɪnfluəns/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -enced, -enc•ing. 
  1. the power to produce effects by indirect means:[uncountable]the influence of religion in politics.
  2. a person or thing that exerts influence:[countable]Is he a good influence on her behavior?
  3. 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.

v. [+ object]
  1. to cause an effect on (someone);
    affect:The job market influenced his decision to relocate.
  2. 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.
  1. Law, Idiomsunder the influence, less than drunk but feeling the effects of alcohol or drugs:arrested for driving while under the influence.

See -flu-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•flu•ence  (inflo̅o̅ əns),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -enced, -enc•ing. 
  1. 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.
  2. the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others:Her mother's influence made her stay.
  3. a person or thing that exerts influence:He is an influence for the good.
  4. Astrology
    • 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.
  5. the exercise of similar power by human beings.
  6. [Obs.]influx.
  7. 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. 

  1. to exercise influence on;
    sway:to influence a person.
  2. to move or impel (a person) to some action:Outside factors influenced her to resign.
influ•ence•a•ble, adj. 
influ•enc•er, n. 
  • 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
  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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