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influence

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɪn.flu.əns/ us  
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.

influence

verb [T] uk   /ˈɪn.flu.əns/ us  
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 to choose a career in nursing?
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