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English noun: influence

1. influence (attribute) a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc


SamplesUsed her parents' influence to get the job.


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness


Narrower (hyponym)dead hand, dead hand of the past, force, grasp, grip, mortmain

2. influence (act) causing something without any direct or apparent effort


Broader (hypernym)causation, causing


Narrower (hyponym)cross-pollination, encroachment, enticement, exposure, hypnotism, impact, impingement, manipulation, mesmerism, suggestion, temptation, use

3. influence (cognition) a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do


SamplesHer wishes had a great influence on his thinking.


Broader (hypernym)causal factor, determinant, determinative, determiner, determining factor


Narrower (hyponym)canker, enticement, imponderable, imprint, morale builder, pestilence, support, temptation

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


SamplesThe influence of mechanical action.


Broader (hypernym)consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot


Narrower (hyponym)perturbation, purchase, wind

5. influence (person) one having power to influence another


SamplesShe was the most important influence in my life.
He was a bad influence on the children.


Broader (hypernym)force, power


English verb: influence

1. influence (social) have and exert influence or effect


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


Synonymsact upon, work


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on


Narrower (hyponym)blackjack, blackmail, carry, color, colour, dominate, fix, form, get at, imprint, manipulate, militate, persuade, prejudice, prepossess, pressure, pull strings, pull wires, sway, swing, swing over

2. influence (cognition) shape or influence; give direction to


SamplesExperience often determines ability.
Mold public opinion.


Synonymsdetermine, mold, regulate, shape


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make


Narrower (hyponym)carry weight, decide, disincline, dispose, incline, index, indispose, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reshape, time

3. influence (communication) induce into action by using one's charm


SamplesShe charmed him into giving her all his money.


ExamplesThey influence him to write the letter


Synonymscharm, tempt


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)persuade


Narrower (hyponym)bewitch, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, spellbind









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