|Origin:||Medieval Latin influentia, from Latin fluere 'to flow'|
in‧flu‧ence1 S2 W1
1 [uncountable and countable]
the power to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks without using direct force or orders:
There is no doubt that Bohr's influence was immense.
the unions' influence over local politics
under somebody's influence/under the influence of somebody/something
They had come under the influence of a strange religious sect.
The Council had influence over many government decisions.
They were accused of exerting undue influence (=too much influence) on voters.
someone or something that has an influence on other people or things
bad/good/positive etc influence (on somebody)
Gayle's mother said I was a bad influence on her daughter.
For centuries the country remained untouched by outside influences.
drunk or feeling the effects of a drug