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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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