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NOUN (5)

1. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"

4. the effect of one thing (or person) on another;
- Example: "the influence of mechanical action"

5. one having power to influence another;
- Example: "she was the most important influence in my life"
- Example: "he was a bad influence on the children"


VERB (3)

1. have and exert influence or effect;
- Example: "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
- Example: "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
[syn: influence, act upon, work]

2. shape or influence; give direction to;
- Example: "experience often determines ability"
- Example: "mold public opinion"
[syn: determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate]

3. induce into action by using one's charm;
- Example: "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
[syn: charm, influence, tempt]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Influence \In"flu*ence\ ([i^]n"fl[-u]*ens), n. [F. influence, fr. L. influens, -entis, p. pr. See Influent, and cf. Influenza.] 1. A flowing in or upon; influx. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] God hath his influence into the very essence of all things. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect, physical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind which affects, modifies, or sways; as, the influence 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. [1913 Webster] Astrologers call the evil influences of the stars, evil aspects. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? --Job xxxviii. 31. [1913 Webster] She said : "Ah, dearest lord! what evil star On you hath frown'd, and poured, his influence bad?" --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Such influence hath your excellency. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 4. (Elec.) Induction. Syn: Control; persuasion; ascendency; sway; power; authority; supremacy; mastery; management; restraint; character; reputation; prestige. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Influence \In"flu*ence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Influenced ([i^]n"fl[-u]*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. Influencing ([i^]n"fl[-u]*en*s[i^]ng).] 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 affect; to move; to persuade; to induce. [1913 Webster] These experiments 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. Newton. [1913 Webster] This standing revelation . . . is sufficient to influence their faith and practice, if they attend. --Attebury. [1913 Webster] The principle which influenced their obedience has lost its efficacy. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

influence n 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" v 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" [syn: influence, act upon, work] 2: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate] 3: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, influence, tempt]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

INFLUENCE. Authority, credit, ascendance. 2. Influence is proper or improper. Proper influence is that which one person gains over another by acts of kindness and, attention, and by correct conduct. 3 Serg. & Rawle, 269. Improper influence is that dominion acquired by any person over a mind of sanity for general purposes, and of sufficient soundness and discretion to regulate his affairs in general, which prevents the exercise of his discretion, and destroys his free will. 1 Cox's Cas. 355. When the former is used to induce a testator to make a will, it will not vitiate it; but when the latter is the moving cause, the will cannot stand. 1 Hagg. R. 581; 2 Hagg. 142; 5 Serg. & Rawle, 207; 13 Serg. & Rawle, 323; 4 Greenl. R. 220; 1 Paige, R. 171; 1 Dow. & Cl. 440; 1 Speers, 93. 3. A contract to use a party's influence to induce a person in authority to exercise his power in a particular way, is void, as being against public policy. 5 Watts & Serg. 315; 5 Penn. St. Rep. 452; 7 Watts, 152.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

INFLUENCE, n. In politics, a visionary _quo_ given in exchange for a substantial _quid_.