Associations to the word «Influence»


INFLUENCE, noun. 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.
INFLUENCE, noun. An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.
INFLUENCE, noun. A person or thing exerting such power or action.
INFLUENCE, noun. (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.
INFLUENCE, noun. (obsolete) The action of flowing in; influx.
INFLUENCE, noun. (electricity) Electrostatic induction.
INFLUENCE, verb. (transitive) To affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to persuade or induce.
INFLUENCE, verb. (intransitive) To exert, make use of one's influence.
INFLUENCE, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To cause to flow in or into; infuse; instill.
INFLUENCE PEDDLING, noun. A type of corruption in which people use their connections with governments to gain favors or preferential treatment for a third party, usually in return for money.

Dictionary definition

INFLUENCE, noun. A power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the job".
INFLUENCE, noun. Causing something without any direct or apparent effort.
INFLUENCE, noun. A cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking".
INFLUENCE, noun. The effect of one thing (or person) on another; "the influence of mechanical action".
INFLUENCE, noun. One having power to influence another; "she was the most important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on the children".
INFLUENCE, 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".
INFLUENCE, verb. Shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion".
INFLUENCE, verb. Induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money".

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.