American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort: relaxed under the influence of the music; the influence of television on modern life.
- n. Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position: used her parent's influence to get the job.
- n. A person who exerts influence: My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.
- n. An effect or change produced by influence.
- n. A determining factor believed by some to affect individual tendencies and characteristics understood to be caused by the positions of the stars and planets at the time of one's birth.
- n. Factors believed to be caused by the changing positions of the stars and planets in relation to their positions at the time of one's birth.
- v. To produce an effect on by imperceptible or intangible means; sway.
- v. To affect the nature, development, or condition of; modify. See Synonyms at affect1.
- idiom. under the influence Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flowing in; direct influx of energy: followed by into.
- n. In astrology, the radiation of power from the stars in certain positions and collocations, affecting human actions and destinies; a supposed positive occult power exerted by the stars over human affairs.
- n. Outgoing energy or potency that produces effects (primarily internal), or affects, modifies, or sways by insensible or invisible means that to which it is directed or on which it operates: sometimes used for the effect produced: as, the influence of heat on vegetation; the influence of climate on character; the influence of the moon on the tides; the influence of example on the young.
- n. Capacity or power for producing effects by insensible or invisible means; authority; power; ascendancy over others; sway: as, a man of influence; a position of great influence.
- n. In electricity and magnetism, same as induction, 6.
- To exercise influence on; modify, affect, or sway, especially by intangible or invisible means; act on or affect by the transmission of some energy or potency: as, the sun influences the tides; to influence a person by the hope of reward or the fear of punishment.
- Synonyms To lead, induce, move, impel, actuate, prevail upon.
- n. The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.
- n. An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.
- n. A person or thing exerting such power or action.
- n. astrology An element believed to determine someone's character or individual tendencies, caused by the position of the stars and planets at the time of one's birth.
- n. obsolete The action of flowing in; influx.
- n. electricity electrostatic induction.
- v. transitive To affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to persuade or induce.
- v. intransitive To exert, make use of one's influence.
- v. transitive, obsolete To cause to flow in or into; infuse; instill.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A flowing in or upon; influx.
- n. Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect, physical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind which affects, modifies, or sways.
- n. Power or authority arising from elevated station, excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.; reputation; acknowledged ascendency.
- n. (Elec.) Induction.
- v. 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 affect; to move; to persuade; to induce.
- n. the effect of one thing (or person) on another
- n. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
- n. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
- v. have and exert influence or effect
- v. induce into action by using one's charm
- n. one having power to influence another
- v. shape or influence; give direction to
- n. causing something without any direct or apparent effort
- From Middle English, from Old French influence ("emanation from the stars affecting one's fate"), from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, from Latin īnfluēns ("flowing in"), present active participle of īnfluō ("flow into"), from in- ("in-") + fluō ("flow"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, influx, from Latin īnfluēns, īnfluent-, present participle of īnfluere, to flow in : in-, in; + fluere, to flow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This objection, that we non-voters shall lose all our influence, confounds the broad distinction between _influence_ and _power_.”
“Thus the determining influence is not the difference between the large town and the small; and the character of the school depends, not only upon the moral level of its pupils, but above all upon the moral level and the _personal influence_ of the head of the school and the assistant teachers.”
“But equally obviously the main influence is NOT East Asian, as anyone with two eyes and a little sense can see.”
“No one in influence is willing to take the bull by the horns and do something; Even the highest form of govt. believe prohibition to be largely inneffective.”
“Resisting undue outside influence is part of what news professionals do, even when that influence comes from the public they're honor-bound to serve.”
“We commonly use the term influence to denote a persuasive power, or a governmental power, exerted purposely, and with a conscious design to effect some result in the subject.”
“The common use of the term influence would seem to imply the existence of its correlative, effluence.”
“And we compute the authority of people-what we call "influence"-based on the likelihood that a single post from a single individual is going to get attention.”
“Perhaps his influence is already on the wane, but certainly the last decade was hugely dominated by Robert Parker.”
“But book bloggers are NOT the wave of the future -- their influence is already here.”
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