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Definition of 'influence'


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


  1. have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
       Synonyms: act upon work
  2. shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
       Synonyms: determine shape mold regulate
  3. induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
       Synonyms: charm tempt

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