a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
"used her parents' influence to get the job"
causing something without any direct or apparent effort
a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
"her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
the effect of one thing (or person) on another
"the influence of mechanical action"
one having power to influence another
"she was the most important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on the children"
influence, act upon, work(verb)
have and exert influence or effect
"The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, regulate, determine, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, exploit, make for, go, play, do work, mold, tempt, charm, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, work on, wreak, cultivate, puzzle out
determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate(verb)
shape or influence; give direction to
"experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
mildew, settle, baffle, square up, work, shape, fix, find, square off, forge, modulate, regulate, determine, see, find out, govern, cast, form, define, specify, mould, regularize, watch, regularise, mold, tempt, charm, make up one's mind, decide, ascertain, limit, act upon, learn, set, model, order, check
charm, influence, tempt(verb)
induce into action by using one's charm
"She charmed him into giving her all his money"
act upon, tempt, enamour, entrance, capture, lure, allure, invite, fascinate, enchant, charm, work, catch, mold, bewitch, becharm, beguile, trance, entice, regulate, enamor, shape, determine, captivate
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To influence (Latin 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.
Actuated to crime by revenge.
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How to use influence in a sentence?
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.
The world can never be in the state of right order, strong government, and good influence unless London is truly and literally established as its capital.
The appearance of unlawful influence is squarely upon these commissions.
It's kind of a reciprocity, they see us trying to muscle in on what they see as their sphere of influence. (Russia is likely thinking), 'If they can do it to us, we can do it them.'.
The discovery of nuclear fission was a German discovery and it appeared very likely that German physicists would be developing nuclear weapons, one knew that if the Nazis were to obtain this weapon then it would have a a decisive influence on the war, and Hitler would have no inhibitions about how to use the weapon.
Translations for influence
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- نفوذ, تأثيرArabic
- уплы́ў, ўплыўBelarusian
- influènciaCatalan, Valencian
- vliv, ovlivnitCzech
- beeinflussen, Einfluss, Beeinflussung, BeeinflusserGerman
- επιρροή, επηρεάζω, επήρεια, επηρεάζομαιGreek
- influo, influiEsperanto
- influencia, influir, influenciarSpanish
- vaikutus, vaikuttaa, vaikuttaja, vaikutusvaltaFinnish
- influence, influencer, influerFrench
- cumhachdScottish Gaelic
- befolyás, befolyásolHungarian
- influenza, ascendenteItalian
- 影響, 影響力, 有力者Japanese
- 영향력, 영향Korean
- iedarbe, ietekme, iedarbībaLatvian
- kawe, kawekawe, kawekawengaMāori
- beïnvloeding, inductie, invloed, impact, beïnvloeden, invloed uitoefenenDutch
- indukcja, wpływać, wpływPolish
- influência, influenciarPortuguese
- influență, influențare, inducție, influențătorRomanian
- индукция, влиять, влияние, воздействоватьRussian
- influera, påverkan, påverka, inflytandeSwedish
- вплив, упли́вUkrainian
- اثر و رسوخUrdu
- ảnh hưởngVietnamese
- flunön, flunVolapük
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