Definition of influence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪnfluəns//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] influence (on/upon somebody/something) the effect that somebody/something has on the way a person thinks or behaves or on the way that something works or develops to have/exert a strong influence on somebody the influence of the climate on agricultural production What exactly is the influence of television on children?
  2. 2  [uncountable] the power that somebody/something has to make somebody/something behave in a particular way influence (over somebody/something) Her parents no longer have any real influence over her. influence (with somebody) She could probably exert her influence with the manager and get you a job. He committed the crime under the influence of drugs.
  3. 3  [countable] a person or thing that affects the way a person behaves and thinks cultural influences influence (on somebody/something) Those friends are a bad influence on her. His first music teacher was a major influence in his life. There seem to be several influences at work in (= affecting) his writing.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin influentia ‘inflow’, from Latin influere, from in- ‘into’ + fluere ‘to flow’. The word originally had the general sense ‘an influx, flowing matter’, also specifically (in astrology) ‘the flowing in of ethereal fluid (affecting human destiny)’. The current sense was established in Scholastic Latin by the 13th cent., but not recorded in English until the late 16th cent.Extra examples Can you use your influence with the director to get me a part in the movie? Drug cartels wielded enormous influence in the city. He had a profound influence on modern poets. He is a writer of Indian descent and draws upon diverse cultural influences. He is a writer who draws upon diverse cultural influences. He used his influence with local officials to gain commercial advantages. He was arrested for driving under the influence. Her wealth gave her influence over affairs of state. His political influence was waning. His uncle had been a formative influence from his earliest years. I have absolutely no influence over him. It’s easy to trace the influence she’s exerted on contemporary artists. Much of his writing can be attributed to the influence of Freud. Parents often seek to shelter their children from outside influences Queen Isabella was urged to use her influence with the French monarch. Rome’s sphere of influence extended across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Rome’s sphere of influence extended as far as Scotland. She came under the influence of Sartre at this period. She has a certain amount of influence in the way things are organized. She tried to bring her influence to bear on her husband. She’s by far the biggest influence on my writing. Spanish architecture shows Moorish influence. The Internet’s influence is growing every day. The band had many influences. The court found that the bank exerted undue influence over Mrs Black in getting her to sign the contract. The court was told that he was under the influence of alcohol when he committed the offence. The king tried to bring his influence to bear on the parliament. The legacy of Ancient Rome represented the overwhelming influence on Romanesque architecture. The massive intellect of his mother had been a formative influence from his earliest years. The religious community wished to be independent of outside influence. The town grew under the influence of colonialism. The unions have been able to extend their influence over all industries. Their influence extended as far as China. There was no influence from outside. There were a number of influences at work in Gaudí’s architecture. They examined the influence of farm size on technology adoption. They were a major influence upon the development of the sport. This paper evaluates the relative influence of religions. Who were your early influences? a study of children exposed to different cultural influences the effects of peer influence on crime Children around the age of eight are especially vulnerable to the influence of television. I think the whole place has a very calming influence. Outdated prejudices still exert a powerful influence. She draws on her diverse cultural influences to express herself. The artists exerted a strong influence on a younger generation. The size of the plate has an influence on how much we eat. There seem to be several influences at work in his paintings. They said she was a bad influence on the other children.Idioms having had too much alcohol to drink She was charged with driving under the influence. See related entries: Addiction
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