1 power, pressure, weight, sway, impact, force, effect, leverage, potency; hold, control, mastery, ascendancy, Colloq pull, clout:
Would you use your influence to see if you can get me a job? The boy is under the influence of his tutor.
2 connections, favour, favouritism, Colloq pull:
He got his position through influence, not merit.
3 affect, move, change, modify, alter, bias, sway, persuade, induce, work on, impress (upon), play or act upon or on, incline; bring pressure to bear on or upon, move, motivate, manipulate, Brit pressurize, US pressure, Colloq pull strings or US also wires:
She was able to influence the minister to drop the scheme.
1 effect sb/sth has; power to control sb/sth
big, considerable, enormous, great, significant | growing | chief, dominant, major, overwhelming | powerful, profound, strong
He had a profound influence on modern poets.
| important | crucial, decisive | undue
(law) The court found that the bank exerted undue influence over Mrs Black in getting her to sign the contract.
| beneficial, positive | adverse, corrupting, destructive, disruptive, evil, negative | stabilizing, steadying | calming, restraining | civilizing | direct | pervasive, wide | external, outside
The religious community wished to be independent of outside influence.
| foreign | cultural, economic, genetic, political
VERB + INFLUENCE
have | give sb
Her wealth gave her influence over affairs of state.
| exercise, exert, use, wield
Can you use your influence with the director to get me a part in the film? Drug cartels wielded enormous influence in the city.
The unions have been able to extend their influence over all industries.
| be under
The court was told that he was under the influence of alcohol when he committed the offence.
| come/fall under
She came under the influence of Sartre at this period.
| be independent of | show
Spanish architecture shows Moorish influence.
| attribute sth to
Much of his writing can be attributed to the influence of Freud.
INFLUENCE + VERB
Their influence extended as far as China.
under the ~
The town grew under the influence of colonialism.
| ~ from
There was no influence from outside.
| ~ in
She has a certain amount of influence in the way things are organized.
| ~ on/upon
They were a major influence upon the development of the sport.
| ~ over
I have absolutely no influence over him.
| ~ with
Queen Isabella was urged to use her influence with the French monarch.
a sphere of influence
Rome's sphere of influence extended across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
| bring your influence to bear on sb/sth
The king tried to bring his influence to bear on (= tried to influence)the parliament.
| under the influence (of alcohol/drink)
He was arrested for driving under the influence.
2 sb/sth that affects the way sb behaves/thinks
big, considerable, great, significant | dominant, major, overwhelming | powerful, profound, strong | important | early
Who were your early influences (= influences at the start of your career)?
The massive intellect of his mother had been a formative influence from his earliest years.
He is a writer of Indian descent and draws upon diverse cultural influences.
Parents often seek to shelter their children from outside influences
| good | adverse, bad, corrupting, destructive, disruptive, harmful, negative | stabilizing, steadying | calming, restraining | civilizing | environmental, genetic | artistic, cultural, musical
VERB + INFLUENCE
The legacy of Ancient Rome represented the overwhelming influence on Romanesque architecture.
The band had many influences.
| be exposed to
a study of children exposed to different cultural influences
| draw from/on/upon
INFLUENCE + VERB
be at work
There were a number of influences at work in Gaudi's architecture.
She's by far the biggest influence on my writing. verb
considerably, deeply, enormously, greatly, heavily, powerfully, profoundly, strongly
This book influenced her profoundly.
| increasingly | largely, mainly, primarily | partly, slightly | directly, indirectly
Pressure from industry bosses has directly influenced government policy.
| clearly, obviously, undoubtedly | actively | critically, crucially, decisively, significantly | inevitably | positively
actions that positively influence health
| adversely | unduly
Try to be aware of external factors which may unduly influence your judgement.
VERB + INFLUENCE
seem to | attempt to, seek to, try to
seeking to influence university appointments
Her parents tried toinfluence her in her choice ofuniversity.
be easily/readily influenced
He was naive and easilyinfluenced by his friends.
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