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English Dictionary: influence by the DICT Development Group
3 results for influence
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the job"
  2. causing something without any direct or apparent effort
  3. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
  4. the effect of one thing (or person) on another; "the influence of mechanical action"
  5. one having power to influence another; "she was the most important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on the children"
  1. have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
    Synonym(s): influence, act upon, work
  2. shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
    Synonym(s): determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate
  3. induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
    Synonym(s): charm, influence, tempt
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Influence \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Influence \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 ?[b8]
      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.
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