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INFLUENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does influence mean? 

INFLUENCE (noun)
  The noun INFLUENCE has 5 senses:

1. a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
2. causing something 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
5. one having power to influence another

  Familiarity information: INFLUENCE used as a noun is common.


INFLUENCE (verb)
  The verb INFLUENCE has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: INFLUENCE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INFLUENCE (noun)


Sense 1influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

used her parents' influence to get the job

Hypernyms ("influence" is a kind of...):

power; powerfulness (possession of controlling influence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "influence"):

grasp; grip (a firm controlling influence)

force (a powerful effect or influence)

dead hand; dead hand of the past; mortmain (the oppressive influence of past events of decisions)


Sense 2influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing something without any direct or apparent effort

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("influence" is a kind of...):

causation; causing (the act of causing something to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "influence"):

cross-pollination (stimulating influence among diverse elements)

exposure (the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience)

encroachment; impact; impingement (influencing strongly)

manipulation; use (exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage)

hypnotism; mesmerism; suggestion (the act of inducing hypnosis)

enticement; temptation (the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire)


Sense 3influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

her wishes had a great influence on his thinking

Hypernyms ("influence" is a kind of...):

causal factor; determinant; determinative; determiner; determining factor (a determining or causal element or factor)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "influence"):

enticement; temptation (something that seduces or has the quality to seduce)

support (something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest)

canker; pestilence (a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of)

morale builder (something or someone who influences by building or strengthening morale)

imprint (a distinctive influence)

imponderable (a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed)


Sense 4influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The effect of one thing (or person) on another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Context example:

the influence of mechanical action

Hypernyms ("influence" is a kind of...):

consequence; effect; event; issue; outcome; result; upshot (a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "influence"):

wind (a tendency or force that influences events)

purchase (a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage)

perturbation ((physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly)


Sense 5influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One having power to influence another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context examples:

she was the most important influence in my life / he was a bad influence on the children

Hypernyms ("influence" is a kind of...):

force; power (one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority)


INFLUENCE (verb)


Sense 1influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have and exert influence or effect

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

act upon; influence; work

Context examples:

The artist's work influenced the young painter / She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Hypernyms (to "influence" is one way to...):

affect; bear on; bear upon; impact; touch; touch on (have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "influence"):

get at (influence by corruption)

carry; persuade; sway (win approval or support for)

blackjack; blackmail; pressure (exert pressure on someone through threats)

swing; swing over (influence decisively)

color; colour (modify or bias)

manipulate; pull strings; pull wires (influence or control shrewdly or deviously)

militate (have force or influence; bring about an effect or change)

form; imprint (establish or impress firmly in the mind)

prejudice; prepossess (influence (somebody's) opinion in advance)

dominate (be in control)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape or influence; give direction to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shape; determine; influence; regulate; mold

Context examples:

experience often determines ability / mold public opinion

Hypernyms (to "influence" is one way to...):

cause; do; make (give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "influence"):

predetermine (determine beforehand)

pace (regulate or set the pace of)

index (adjust through indexation)

time (set the speed, duration, or execution of)

reshape (shape anew or differently)

decide (influence or determine)

carry weight (have influence to a specified degree)

miscreate (shape or form or make badly)

disincline; indispose (make unwilling)

dispose; incline (make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Sense 3influence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Induce into action by using one's charm

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

influence; charm; tempt

Context example:

She charmed him into giving her all his money

Hypernyms (to "influence" is one way to...):

persuade (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "influence"):

bewitch; magnetise; magnetize; mesmerise; mesmerize; spellbind (attract strongly, as if with a magnet)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Sentence example:

They influence him to write the letter


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