What is the meaning of influence?


  • A power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc.
    • usage: "used her parents' influence to get the job"
  • Causing something without any direct or apparent effort.
  • A cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do.
    • usage: "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
  • The effect of one thing (or person) on another.
    • usage: "the influence of mechanical action"
  • One having power to influence another.
    • usage: "she was the most important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on the children"


  • Have and exert influence or effect.
    • usage: "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
  • Shape or influence; give direction to.
    • usage: "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
  • Induce into action by using one's charm.
    • usage: "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
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APAWordNet. (2010). influence. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/influence/definitions/1189262
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "influence" http://smartdefine.org/influence/definitions/1189262 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, influence, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/influence/definitions/1189262>.
MLAWordNet. "influence" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/influence/definitions/1189262>
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