influence
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin influentia, from Latin influent-, influens, present participle of influere to flow in, from in- + fluere to flow — more at fluid Date: 14th century 1. a. an ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans b. an emanation of occult power held to derive from stars 2. an emanation of spiritual or moral force 3. a. the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command b. corrupt interference with authority for personal gain 4. the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways ; sway 5. one that exerts influence Synonyms: influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously <
used her influence to get the bill passed
>
. authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief <
his opinions lacked authority
>
. prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority <
the prestige of the newspaper
>
. weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices <
their wishes obviously carried much weight
>
. credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others <
his credit with the press
>
. II. transitive verb (-enced; -encing) Date: 1658 1. to affect or alter by indirect or intangible means ; sway 2. to have an effect on the condition or development of ; modify Synonyms: see affectinfluenceable adjective

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  • Influence — In flu*ence ([i^]n fl[ u]*ens), n. [F. influence, fr. L. influens, entis, p. pr. See {Influent}, and cf. {Influenza}.] 1. A flowing in or upon; influx. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] God hath his influence into the very essence of all things. Hooker.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Influence — In flu*ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Influenced} ([i^]n fl[ u]*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Influencing} ([i^]n fl[ u]*en*s[i^]ng).] To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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