[ UK /ˈɪnfluːəns/ ]
[ US /ˈɪnfɫuəns/ ]
  1. have and exert influence or effect
    She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
    The artist's work influenced the young painter
  2. shape or influence; give direction to
    mold public opinion
    experience often determines ability
  3. induce into action by using one's charm
    She charmed him into giving her all his money
  1. the effect of one thing (or person) on another
    the influence of mechanical action
  2. one having power to influence another
    he was a bad influence on the children
    she was the most important influence in my life
  3. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
    used her parents' influence to get the job
  4. causing something without any direct or apparent effort
  5. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
    her wishes had a great influence on his thinking
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How To Use influence In A Sentence

  • The ether gradually absorbs oxygen from the atmosphere, being converted into acetic acid; this, by its superior affinities, reacts on the iodide present, converting it into acetate, with liberation of hydriodic acid; while this latter, under the influence of the atmospheric oxygen, is very rapidly converted into water and iodine. Notes and Queries, Number 227, March 4, 1854 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.
  • There has been a bit of a hoo-ha in recent years about how your blood type influences the type of person you are.
  • Beck, who has a PhD in erotology - the study of how art, literature and cultural behaviours influence human sexuality - is a bit of a virgin expert.
  • Stink gases in sewage farm of oil refinery pollute environment and influence scent of people. Adsorbents can be used to deodorize the stink gases.
  • Not only by the immense number of adherents that were won to his views during his lifetime, but also by the literary productions he left behind him, Tsong K'aba's influence has been great during the last five centuries of Tibetan history. With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple: Narrative of Four Years' Residence on the Tibetan Borders, and of a Journey into the Far Interior
  • The authors of the second paper admit that “other variables … influence the binding avidity (preference), such as type of SA (sialic acid of the receptor site) and glycosylation and sialylation of the hemagglutinin close to the receptor binding site. ” These factors all vary obviously and there are other variables in the equation as well including the status of specific areas of the immune system. Think Progress » An Inconvenient Truth and An Intolerable Summer
  • The time it takes to start or stop a stopwatch is the same amount of time it would take for someone driving under the influence to lose control of their vehicle, about seven tenths of a second. News/local from www.dailyamerican.com
  • The depth and rate of breathing are controlled by special centres in the brain, which influence the nerves that cause contraction and relaxation of the muscles of respiration.
  • At fourteen he was sent to the University of Glasgow, where he came under the influence of Francis Hutcheson, and in 1740 he went up to Oxford as Snell exhibitioner at Balliol College, remaining there till 1746. Introductory Note
  • Yet at the end of this period, as at the beginning, the influence of lordship in society was pervasive.
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