Meaning of “influential” in the English Dictionary

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"influential" in British English

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uk /ˌɪn.fluˈen.ʃəl/ us /ˌɪn.fluˈen.ʃəl/

C1 having a lot of influence on someone or something:

She wanted to work for a bigger and more influential (= powerful) newspaper.
Johnson was influential (= important) in persuading the producers to put money into the film.

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  • He has his own ways of beating the system, making sure that he has good relationships with influential people.
  • He sat under the most influential teacher in his field.
  • He was very influential in shaping the government's economic policy/strategy.
  • Two influential senators have argued for the retention of the unpopular tax.
  • He is regarded as one of the most influential film directors of his generation.

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

"influential" in American English

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us /ˌɪn·fluˈen·ʃəl/

having a lot of influence:

Dr. Carter is an influential member of the board.

(Definition of “influential” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"influential" in Business English

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uk /ˌɪnfluˈenʃəl/ us

able to influence someone or something:

an influential group/figure/leader
He has managed to play an influential role in Washington for a quarter of a century.
influential in (doing) sth Foucault has been influential in helping to explain power and knowledge in organizations.

(Definition of “influential” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)