The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions. (noun)
To affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to persuade or induce. (verb)
Examples of word influence
This objection, that we non-voters shall lose all our influence, confounds the broad distinction between _influence_ and _power_.
Thus the determining influence is not the difference between the large town and the small; and the character of the school depends, not only upon the moral level of its pupils, but above all upon the moral level and the _personal influence_ of the head of the school and the assistant teachers.
But equally obviously the main influence is NOT East Asian, as anyone with two eyes and a little sense can see.
No one in influence is willing to take the bull by the horns and do something; Even the highest form of govt. believe prohibition to be largely inneffective.
Resisting undue outside influence is part of what news professionals do, even when that influence comes from the public they're honor-bound to serve.
We commonly use the term influence to denote a persuasive power, or a governmental power, exerted purposely, and with a conscious design to effect some result in the subject.
The common use of the term influence would seem to imply the existence of its correlative, effluence.
And we compute the authority of people-what we call "influence"-based on the likelihood that a single post from a single individual is going to get attention.