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influence

noun [C or U]     /ˈɪn.flu.əns/
B2 the power to have an effect on people or things, or a person or thing that is able to do this: Helen's a bad/good influence on him. He has a huge amount of influence over the city council. Christopher hoped to exert his influence to make them change their minds. At the time she was under the influence of her father.Power to control
(Definition of influence noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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