influences, influencing, influenced
1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N over n Influence is the power to make other people agree with your opinions or do what you want.

As Hugh grew older, she had less influence and couldn't control him...

I have rather a large influence over a good many people...

He denies exerting any political influence over them...

The government should continue to use its influence for the release of all hostages.

2) VERB If you influence someone, you use your power to make them agree with you or do what you want.

[V n] He is trying to improperly influence a witness...

[V n] The angry crowds could influence the government...

[V n to-inf] My dad influenced me to do electronics.

manipulate, persuade
3) N-COUNT: usu with supp To have an influence on people or situations means to affect what they do or what happens.

Van Gogh had a major influence on the development of modern painting...

The Shropshire landscape was an influence on Owen too...

Many other medications have an influence on cholesterol levels.

4) VERB If someone or something influences a person or situation, they have an effect on that person's behaviour or that situation.

[V n] We became the best of friends and he influenced me deeply...

[V n] What you eat may influence your risk of getting cancer...

[V wh] They still influence what's played on the radio.

5) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu adj N, oft N on n Someone or something that is a good or bad influence on people has a good or bad effect on them.

I thought Sue would be a good influence on you...

TV is a bad influence on people.

6) PHRASE: PHR n, usu v-link PHR, PHR after v If you are under the influence of someone or something, you are being affected or controlled by them.

I fell under the influence of a history master...

The very earliest sculptures were made under the influence of Greek art...

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

7) PHRASE: v-link PHR If someone is under the influence, their mind is affected by alcohol or drugs. [INFORMAL]

Police charged the man with driving under the influence...

We find members of the opposite sex more attractive when under the influence.

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