(noun, verb)


1. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

- used her parents' influence to get the job

Definition categories: attribute, power, powerfulness

2. causing something without any direct or apparent effort

Definition categories: act, causation, causing

3. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

- her wishes had a great influence on his thinking

Definition categories: thought, determinant, determinative, determiner

4. the effect of one thing (or person) on another

- the influence of mechanical action

Definition categories: phenomenon, consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

5. one having power to influence another

- she was the most important influence in my life

- he was a bad influence on the children

Definition categories: person, force, power

Sentences with influence as a noun:

- I have absolutely no influence over him.

- I'm not able to exercise influence over him.

- He has been a great influence on the voters during the elections.


1. have and exert influence or effect

- The artist's work influenced the young painter

Similar word(s): work

Definition categories: social, affect, impact, touch

2. shape or influence; give direction to

Similar word(s): determine, mold, regulate, shape

Definition categories: cognition, cause, do, make

3. induce into action by using one's charm

Similar word(s): charm, tempt

Definition categories: communication, persuade

Sentences with influence as a verb:

- The politician wants to influence the public.

- I must admit that this book influenced my outlook on life.