1. [ noun ] a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

: "used her parents' influence to get the job"

Related terms: power force dead_hand grip charm
2. [ verb ] have and exert influence or effect
Synonyms: work act_upon

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

Related terms: affect carry dominate manipulate swing imprint militate color get_at blackmail prejudice
3. [ noun ] causing something without any direct or apparent effort
Related terms: causing manipulation exposure impingement enticement persuasion persuasion hypnotism cross-pollination dissuasion determine
4. [ noun ] a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

"her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"

Related terms: determinant temptation support morale_builder imprint pestilence imponderable
5. [ verb ] shape or influence; give direction to
Synonyms: determine shape regulate mold

"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

Related terms: cause dispose reshape time decide miscreate pace predetermine carry_weight indispose pace index form determinant shape regulation
6. [ noun ] the effect of one thing (or person) on another

"the influence of mechanical action"

Related terms: consequence purchase wind perturbation charm
7. [ verb ] induce into action by using one's charm
Synonyms: tempt charm

"She charmed him into giving her all his money"

Related terms: persuade magnetize appeal enticement
8. [ noun ] one having power to influence another

: "she was the most important influence in my life" "he was a bad influence on the children"

Related terms: power charm
Similar spelling:   influent