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English definition of “influence”

influence

verb [T]    /ˈɪnˌflu·əns/  /ɪnˈflu-/
to cause someone to change a behavior, belief, or opinion, or to cause something to be changed: Businesses make large contributions to members of Congress, hoping to influence their votes on key issues. She was influenced by the common-sense views of her grandparents. That speech influenced the course of American history.
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