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Definitions of influence

  1. To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to move; to persuade; to induce. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To have unseen power over, physically or mentally; to change. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To affect: to move: to direct. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To affect; move; direct. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To act upon, as by mental power or unseen agency; affect; move. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To move or affect by moral force; to lead or direct; to move by physical power. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. causing something without any direct or apparent effort Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the effect of one thing (or person) on another; "the influence of mechanical action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. A flowing in or upon; influx. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect, phusical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind which the sun exerts on animal and vegetable life; the influence of education on the mind; the influence, according to astrologers,of the stars over affairs. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Power or authority arising from elevated station, excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.; reputation; acknowledged ascendency; as, he is a man of influence in the community. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Induction. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Energy or power tending to produce effects by indirect or invisible means; as, a great leader must have real influence over men; power arising from wealth or station; as, through the influence of the politician he obtained the position; that which exerts power over someone or something. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Power exerted on men or things: power in operation: authority. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Operating power; authority. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. The gradual or unseen operation of some cause; ability to sway the will of another. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Power which affects men or things, whether physically, morally, or spiritually; sway; authority. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Authority; sway; power of directing or modifying, seen or felt by its effects. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Influencely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for influence

  1. I never read much, any way, until I came under the influence of the Methody. – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  2. But there are times when even her influence isn't quite big enough. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
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