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"influence" in British English

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influencenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /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 ​hugeamount of influence over the ​citycouncil. Christopher ​hoped to exert his influence to make them ​changetheirminds. At the ​time she was under the influence of her ​father.

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influenceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.flu.əns/
B2 to ​affect or ​change how someone or something ​develops, ​behaves, or ​thinks: She's very good at making ​friends and influencing ​people. [+ obj + to infinitive ] What influenced you tochoose a ​career in ​nursing?

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(Definition of influence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"influence" in American English

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influenceverb [T]

 us   /ˈɪnˌflu·əns/  /ɪnˈflu-/
to ​cause someone to ​change a ​behavior, ​belief, or ​opinion, or to ​cause something to be ​changed: Businesses make ​largecontributions to ​members of ​Congress, hoping to influence ​theirvotes on ​keyissues. She was influenced by the common-sense ​views of her ​grandparents. That ​speech influenced the ​course of American ​history.

influencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈɪnˌflu·əns/  /ɪnˈflu-/
the ​power to have an ​effect on ​people or things, or someone or something having such ​power: [C] The ​kid next ​door is a ​bad/good influence on Kevin. [U] She used her influence to get her ​son a ​summerjob.
(Definition of influence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"influence" in Business English

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influencenoun

uk   us   /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 ​groupsact as champions and have ​critical influence over ​industry.considerable/profound/growing influence He called on the ​industry to use its considerable influence to ​helpresolve 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 ​economicgrowth.be an influence on sb/sth She has been a ​big influence on me in my ​career. considerable/great/​major influence

influenceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɪnfluəns/
to affect or ​change how someone or something develops, ​behaves, or ​thinks: Many ​analystsregard the ​state of the U.S. ​jobmarket as a ​majorfactor influencing ​consumerconfidence.influence how/what/when An organization's ​values have been shown to influence how ​employeesinteract with each other.
(Definition of influence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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