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Definitions and Synonyms of influence | Another word for influence | What is influence?

Definition 1: causing something without any direct or apparent effort - [noun denoting act]

(influence is a kind of ...) the act of causing something to happen

(... is a kind of influence ) stimulating influence among diverse elements

"the cross-pollination of the arts"

(... is a kind of influence ) the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience

"she denounced the exposure of children to pornography"

(... is a kind of influence ) influencing strongly

"they resented the impingement of American values on European culture"

(... is a kind of influence ) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

"his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

(... is a kind of influence ) the act of inducing hypnosis

(... is a kind of influence ) the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire

"his enticements were shameless"

Definition 2: a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • used her parents' influence to get the job

(influence is a kind of ...) possession of controlling influence

"the deterrent power of nuclear weapons" "the power of his love saved her" "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

(... is a kind of influence ) the oppressive influence of past events or decisions

(... is a kind of influence ) a powerful effect or influence

"the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

(... is a kind of influence ) an intellectual hold or understanding

"a good grip on French history" "they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities" "he was in the grip of a powerful emotion" "a terrible power had her in its grasp"

Definition 3: a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her wishes had a great influence on his thinking

(influence is a kind of ...) a determining or causal element or factor

"education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"

(... is a kind of influence ) a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed

"human behavior depends on many imponderables"

(... is a kind of influence ) a distinctive influence

"English stills bears the imprint of the Norman invasion"

(... is a kind of influence ) something or someone who influences by building or strengthening morale

(... is a kind of influence ) a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of

"racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation" "according to him, I was the canker in their midst"

(... is a kind of influence ) something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

"the policy found little public support" "his faith was all the support he needed" "the team enjoyed the support of their fans"

(... is a kind of influence ) something that seduces or has the quality to seduce

Definition 4: one having power to influence another - [noun denoting person]

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was the most important influence in my life
  • he was a bad influence on the children

(influence is a kind of ...) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

"the mysterious presence of an evil power" "may the force be with you" "the forces of evil"

Definition 5: the effect of one thing (or person) on another - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the influence of mechanical action

(influence is a kind of ...) a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

"the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise" "his decision had depressing consequences for business" "he acted very wise after the event"

(... is a kind of influence ) (physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly

(... is a kind of influence ) a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage

"he could get no purchase on the situation"

(... is a kind of influence ) a tendency or force that influences events

"the winds of change"

Definition 6: shape or influence; give direction to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • experience often determines ability
  • mold public opinion

Synonyms for influence in the sense of this definition

(influence is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(... is a kind of influence ) determine beforehand

(... is a kind of influence ) regulate or set the pace of

"Pace your efforts"

(... is a kind of influence ) adjust through indexation

"The government indexes wages and prices"

(... is a kind of influence ) set the speed, duration, or execution of

"we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"

(... is a kind of influence ) shape anew or differently

"The new foreign minister reshaped the foreign policy of his country"

(... is a kind of influence ) influence or determine

"The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"

(... is a kind of influence ) have influence to a specified degree

"Her opinion carries a lot of weight"

(... is a kind of influence ) shape or form or make badly

"Our miscreated fantasies"

(... is a kind of influence ) make unwilling

(... is a kind of influence ) make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief

"Their language inclines us to believe them"

Definition 7: induce into action by using one's charm - [verb of communication]

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She charmed him into giving her all his money

Synonyms for influence in the sense of this definition

(influence is a kind of ...) cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

"You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

(... is a kind of influence ) attract strongly, as if with a magnet

"She magnetized the audience with her tricks"

Samples where influence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The artist's work influenced the young painter
  • She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Synonyms for influence in the sense of this definition

(influence is a kind of ...) have an effect upon

"Will the new rules affect me?"

(... is a kind of influence ) influence an event or its outcome by illegal means

"fix a race"

(... is a kind of influence ) influence by corruption

(... is a kind of influence ) win approval or support for

"Carry all before one" "His speech did not sway the voters"

(... is a kind of influence ) exert pressure on someone through threats

(... is a kind of influence ) influence decisively

"This action swung many votes over to his side"

(... is a kind of influence ) modify or bias

"His political ideas color his lectures"

(... is a kind of influence ) influence or control shrewdly or deviously

"He manipulated public opinion in his favor"

(... is a kind of influence ) have force or influence; bring about an effect or change

"Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"

(... is a kind of influence ) establish or impress firmly in the mind

"We imprint our ideas onto our children"

(... is a kind of influence ) influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

(... is a kind of influence ) be in control

"Her husband completely dominates her"

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