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Definition of the noun influence

What does influence mean as a name of something?

Influence is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: influences

  1. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
    • example: used her parents' influence to get the job
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: power / powerfulness = possession of controlling influence
    • more specific terms:
  2. causation of an event without any direct or apparent effort
  3. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
  4. the effect of one thing (or person) on another
    • example: the influence of mechanical action
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • more generic words: consequence / effect / event / issue / outcome / result / upshot = a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    • more specific words:
      • perturbation = a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
      • purchase = a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
      • wind = a tendency or force that influences events
  5. one having power to influence another
    • examples: she was the most important influence in my life | he was a bad influence on the children
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: force / power = one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

Alternative definition of the noun influence


  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.
  2. An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.
  3. A person or thing exerting such power or action.
  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.

Definition of the verb influence

What does influence mean as a doing word?

Influence is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: influenced | influencing | influences

  1. have and exert influence or effect
  2. shape or influence; give direction to
  3. induce into action by using one's charm

Alternative definition of the verb influence


  1. [transitive] To affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to persuade or induce.
  2. [intransitive] To exert, make us of one's influence.
  3. [transitive, obsolete] To cause to flow in or into; infuse; instill.


Influence a.k.a. Mind Games is a television series created by Kyle Killen that aired on ABC. The show is about two brothers who run a problem solving firm called Edwards And Associates that employs solutions based on psychological manipulation. It premiered on February 25, 2014, and was canceled on March 27, 2014.


"Influence" is a book by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen.

  • authors: Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen
  • genre: Non-fiction
  • subjects: Handicraft, Sewing, Fashion design, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen
  • released in (7 years ago)


  1. "Influence" is the seventh studio album by industrial rock band Sister Machine Gun.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Influence" is a musical album of Shaw Blades.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Influence" is a musical album of Yusef Lateef, Belmondo, Belmondo & Yusef Lateef.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  4. "Influence" is a musical album of Philip Sayce.
    • released on
  5. "Influence" is a musical album of Influence.
    • released on
  6. "Influence" is a musical album of Staffro.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  7. "Influence" is a musical album of Urbandub.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  8. "Influence" is a musical album of Little Caesar.


  1. Influence was a 1960s Canadian band best known for their mini rock-opera, Mad Birds of Prey.
    • also known as The Influence
  2. Influence is a musical group.
    • albums: "Influence", "Negative"

There are other groups with in their name, like D-Influence, Bäd Influence, Bad Influence!, Mass Influence, Fatal Influence, Under the Influence, Anxiety of Influence, Spheres of Influence, The Last Influence of Brain, Office of Strategic Influence, Under the Influence of Giants, Spies under Von Magnet influence.


Influence is a record label, defunct organization.

Phrases with Influence

Phrases starting with the word Influence:

  1. influence peddler
  2. Influence peddling

Phrases ending with the word Influence:

  1. to influence
  2. Bad Influence
  3. Area of Influence
  4. sphere of influence
  5. Under the Influence
  6. Traffic of Influence
  7. Driving under the influence

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Influence

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Google previewThe Science of Social Influence (2011)

Advances and Future Progress by Anthony R. Pratkanis

ocial influence is an inevitable part of human interaction.

Google previewThe Methodist Temperance Magazine (1868)

by George Maunder, Charles Garrett, Thomas Bowman Stephenson

Our conscious influence is the result of intention, and on the whole, perhaps, does comparatively little ; but our unconscious influence is the aggregate result of our whole character, manifesting itself in words, looks, acts that are not meant to ...

Google previewOrganizational Influence Processes (2003)

by Lyman W. Porter, Harold L. Angle, Robert W. Allen

Social influence is a fundamental aspect of life in organizations. Indeed, it is unlikely that organizations could function at all without it. Almost all organizational members engage in influencing others—or at least they attempt to do so—and, ...

Google previewMetaphilosophy (2014)

Philosophy in Philosophical Perspective by Nicholas Rescher

Influence is a matter of one person's making a formative impact on another's thought or action. A person's influence upon others can obtain in virtually any area of human thought and endeavor: thought and action, work and play, crime and ...

Google previewWhy Should the Boss Listen to You? (2010)

The Seven Disciplines of the Trusted Strategic Advisor by James E. Lukaszewski

Having influence means being remembered, being asked in on decisions and strategy well before the strategies are...

Google previewSolar Variability and Climate (2000)

Proceedings of an ISSI Workshop, 15-19 February 1999, Bern, Switzerland by E. Friis-Christensen, Claus Fröhlich, J.D. Haigh

PRESS RELEASE THE SUN'S INFLUENCE IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE However, the rapid warming during the last 20 years is dominated by other factors 2 July 1999 The variability of the solar radiation is an ...

Google previewCrucial Questions about the Future (1991)

by Allen Tough

A second potential external influence is an aware, wise, all-knowing, divine ...

Google previewFundamentals of Noise and Vibration (1998)

by Frank Fahy, John Walker

The predictable influence is the interaction between the test equipment and the test piece, its effects can be mathematically subtracted or minimized by careful design. In this chapter the interaction between the mechanical and electrical ...

Google previewTeach Like a Champion 2.0 (2014)

62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov

Influence is the next step beyond control. If control gets them to do things you suggest, then influence gets them to want to internalize the things you suggest. Although less visible than getting kids to behave, getting them to believe—to want to ...

Google previewAdolescent Substance Abuse (2014)

A Guide to Prevention and Treatment by Jerome Beker, Richard Isralowitz, Mark Singer

Although parental influence is more important for some young people than for others, peer influence is the dominant...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Creativity (1999)

by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker

Informational Social Influence Conformity that results from accepting evidence about reality provided by other people. Interpersonal Climate The sense of pressure versus freedom promoted when authority figures are controlling versus au- ...

Google previewDiplomat's Dictionary (1994)

by Charles W. Freeman, Jr.

"As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practise the arts of ...

Google previewThe Christian's Defensive Dictionary. Being an Alphabetical Refutation of the General Objections to the Bible (1837)

by W. Willcocks SLEIGH

Amongst such, its influence collectively may be of inestimable value, yet its effects, in the mean time, little upon those who figure upon the stage of the world. They may know nothing of it; they may believe nothing of it; they may be actuated by ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sociology (2014)

by John Scott

Political influence was mainly exerted indirectly through marshalling facts in policy-related publications and journalism. Nevertheless, in 1945 over half the members of parliament for the Labour Party were Fabians. Although always concerned ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (2009)

by John M Levine, Michael A. Hogg

See also Asch, Solomon; Common Ingroup Identity Model; Group Socialization; Informational Influence; Normative Influence; Norms; Support Groups Further Readings Felson, R. B., & Reed, M. D. (1986). Reference groups and self- appraisals ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Quotations in Cognitive Science (2000)

A Treasury of Quotations in Psychology, Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence by Morton Wagman

Influence. A popular myth says that the invention of the computer diminishes our sense of ourselves, because it shows that rational thought is not special to human beings, but can be carried on by a mere machine. It is a short stop from there to ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

Sincethelate 1960s muchofphilosophy hasbeenunderthe influence of a debatebetween REALISM and antirealism. The influence of Wittgenstein has beenparticularly strong on antirealist thinking. There has been a revival of interestin ...

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Influence of Sign Language in Renaissance: Leonardo Da Vinci

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Quotes about Influence

There is no influence like the influence of habit. (Gilbert Parker)
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Scrabble value of I1N1F4L1U1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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