Definition of influence:
- have and exert influence or effect; " The artist's work influenced the young painter"; " She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
- induce into action by using one's charm; " She charmed him into giving her all his money"
- shape or influence; give direction to; " experience often determines ability"; " mold public opinion"
- causing something without any direct or apparent effort
- a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; " used her parents' influence to get the job"
- a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; " her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
- one having power to influence another; " she was the most important influence in my life"; " he was a bad influence on the children"
- the effect of one thing ( or person) on another; " the influence of mechanical action"
Common misspellings for influence:
- influance (17%)
- influnce (17%)
- infulence (13%)
- infuence (7%)
- influnece (4%)
- infulance (3%)
- inflence (3%)
- influece (2%)
- influenece (2%)
- influince (2%)
Examples of usage for influence:
To influence ( L. in, in or into, and fluo, flow) is to affect, modify, or act upon by physical, mental, or moral power, especially in some gentle, subtle, and gradual way; as, vegetation is influenced by light; every one is influenced to some extent by public opinion; influence is chiefly used of power acting from without, tho it may be used of motives regarded as forces acting upon the will. Actuate refers solely to mental or moral power impelling one from within. One may influence, but can not directly actuate another; but one may be actuated to cruelty by hatred which another's misrepresentation has aroused. Prompt and stir are words of mere suggestion toward some course of action; dispose, draw, incline, influence, and lead refer to the use of mild means to awaken in another a purpose or disposition to act. To excite is to arouse one from lethargy or indifference to action. Incite and instigate, to spur or goad one to action, differ in the fact that incite may be to good, while instigate is always to evil ( compare ABET). To urge and impel signify to produce strong excitation toward some act. We are urged from without, impelled from within. Drive and compel imply irresistible influence accomplishing its object. One may be driven either by his own passions or by external force or urgency; one is compelled only by some external power; as, the owner was compelled by his misfortunes to sell his estate. Compare COMPEL; DRIVE.