Definition of influence:

part of speech: noun

Power exerted on men or things: power in operation: authority.

part of speech: verb

To affect; move; direct.

part of speech: verb

To affect: to move: to direct.

part of speech: verb

To have unseen power over, physically or mentally; to change.

part of speech: noun

Energy or power tending to produce effects by indirect or invisible means; as, a great leader must have real influence over men; power arising from wealth or station; as, through the influence of the politician he obtained the position; that which exerts power over someone or something.

part of speech: noun

Operating power; authority.

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