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From Middle English, from Old French influence (emanation from the stars affecting one's fate), from Mediaeval Latin influentia, from Latin influens (a flowing in), present participle of influere (to flow into), from in- (in-) + fluere (to flow).


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countable and uncountable; plural influences

influence (countable and uncountable; plural influences)

  1. 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.
    I have absolutely no influence over him.
  2. An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.
    I'm not able to exercise influence over him.
  3. A person or thing exerting such power or action.
    He has been a great influence on the voters during the elections.
  4. (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.
  5. (obsolete) The action of flowing in ; influx.
  6. (electricity) electrostatic induction.

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to influence

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to influence (third-person singular simple present influences, present participle influencing, simple past and past participle influenced)

  1. (transitive) To affect by gentle action ; to exert an influence upon ; to modify, bias, or sway ; to persuade or induce.
    The politician wants to influence the public.
    I must admit that this book influenced my outlook on life.
  2. (intransitive) To exert, make us of one's influence.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to flow in or into ; infuse ; instill.

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From Latin influentia, from influere "to flow into", itself from in- "in" + fluere "to flow"



influence m. (plural influences)

  1. (An) influence.

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Verb form


  1. imperative form of influencer
  2. singular present imperfect form of influencer

Simple English

Influence is a force (or power) of change that comes from the outside of the person or thing that is influenced by it. It can be either planned by others on purpose, or an unplanned result of other events.

The adjective influential means "having much influence", so influential people or things have the power to change other people or things in some way. This word is often used to describe famous people. For example, Mohandas Gandhi was a very influential person, because the things he did and said changed many peoples lives, and many people believe he has even influenced the world.

Influence can be a bad thing too. For example, World War II influenced many people's lives, making it very difficult for them to live happily even after the war ended.

In law, "driving under the influence" (or DUI) usually means drunk driving; in other words, driving a car or other vehicle, which is a crime in most places.

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