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English definition of “influence”


noun     /ˈɪnfluəns/
[C or U] the ability to have an effect on people or events: exert/have/exercise (an) influence He is close enough to the President to exert influence.(an) influence on sth Bloggers are expanding their influence on American politics.(an) influence over sth Consumer groups act as champions and have critical influence over industry.considerable/profound/growing influence He called on the industry to use its considerable influence to help resolve the situation.
[C] a person or thing that is able to have an effect on other people or on events: International influences in the form of technology, systems and capital have historically been a feature of industrialization and economic an influence on sb/sth She has been a big influence on me in my career. considerable/great/major influence
→ See also undue influence
(Definition of influence noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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