Definitions for: Influence

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

Webster (1913) Definition: In"flu*ence, n. [F. influence, fr. L. influens,
-entis, p. pr. See Influent, and cf. Influenza.]
1. A flowing in or upon; influx. [Obs.]

God hath his influence into the very essence of all
things. --Hooker.

2. Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect,
phusical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power
quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind
which the sun exerts on animal and vegetable life; the
influence of education on the mind; the influence,
according to astrologers,of the stars over affairs.

Astrologers call the evil influences of the
stars,evil aspects. --Bacon.

Cantsthou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or
loose the bands of Orion ? --Job xxxviii.

She said : ?Ah,dearest lord ! what evil star On you
hath frown'd,and poured, his influence bad ?''

3. Power or authority arising from elevated station,
excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.;
reputation; acknowledged ascendency; as, he is a man of
influence in the community.

Such influence hath your excellency. --Sir P.

4. (Elec.) Induction.

Syn: Control; persuasion; ascendency; sway; power; authority;
supremacy; mastery; management; restraint; character;
reputation; prestige.

In"flu*ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Influenced; p.
pr. & vb. n. Influencing.]
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 move; to persuade; to induce.

Theseexperiments succeed after the same manner in vacuo
as in the open air,and therefore are not influenced by
the weight or pressure of the atmosphere. --Sir I.

This standing revelation . . . is sufficient to
influence their faith and practice, if they attend.

The principle which influenced their obedience has lost
its efficacy. --Rogers.

Synonyms: act upon, charm, determine, mold, regulate, shape, tempt, work

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