- ▪ I. influence in‧flu‧ence 1 [ˈɪnfluəns] noun [countable, uncountable]power to have an effect on the way something happens or the way someone does something:
• The car magazines have been gaining influence in recent years.
• The banks' directors say they have little influence over their presidents' actions.— see also undue influence[m0] ▪ II. influence influence 2 verb [transitive]to have an effect on the way something happens or the way someone does something:
• Children are heavily influenced by advertising.influence what/where/ how etc
• The number of training centres will influence what training is available and who will receive it.
* * *Ⅰ.influence UK US /ˈɪnfluəns/ noun► [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 growth.be an influence on sb/sth »
She has been a big influence on me in my career.»
considerable/great/major influence→ See also UNDUE INFLUENCE(Cf. ↑undue influence)Ⅱ.influence UK US /ˈɪnfluəns/ verb [T]► to affect or change how someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks: »
Many analysts regard the state of the U.S. job market as a major factor influencing consumer confidence.influence how/what/when »
An organization's values have been shown to influence how employees interact with each other.
Financial and business terms. 2012.