Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


1. A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort: the pervasive influence that TV has on modern life; young people falling under the influence of a radical philosopher.
2. Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position: used her family's influence to get the job.
3. A person who exerts such power: My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.
a. A determining factor believed by some to affect individual tendencies and characteristics understood to be caused by the positions of the stars and planets at the time of one's birth.
b. Factors believed to be caused by the changing positions of the stars and planets in relation to their positions at the time of one's birth.
tr.v. in·flu·enced, in·flu·enc·ing, in·flu·enc·es
1. To have an influence on (something); change: a news report that influenced the outcome of the election.
2. To change the behavior or thinking of (someone); sway: negative ads that are intended to influence voters.
under the influence
Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, influx, from Latin īnfluēns, īnfluent-, present participle of īnfluere, to flow in : in-, in; see in-2 + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.]

in′flu·ence·a·ble adj.
in′flu·enc·er n.
References in periodicals archive ?
CHICAGO -- The Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG), the world's largest community of SAP professionals, is now accepting nominations for participation in its first Influencer Summit, an exclusive opportunity to meet with the ASUG leadership team and ASUG Board of Directors.
Influential is the only Mobile-First influencer platform.
Bandura received the inaugural Albert Bandura Influencer Award--which is also named after him.
8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos Hidalgo is the most influential B2B marketer in the United States and ANNUITAS is among the top 25 most influential B2B marketing brands, according to analysis from Onalytica, a provider of influencer marketing intelligence.
the leading specialized media partner in the United States, officially announces the launch of Shout by Motivate, the premium social influencer and amplification solution.
Just like an advertisement, you and the Instagram influencer will have to decide for how long and how many times your post will be shown.
The leading Arab influencer added that since then he realized how important it was to use this to offer a content that could be useful for followers.
Old is gold even for Suadi Arabian influencer Muneera Al Tamimi, a graduate in visual arts from the American University in Dubai.
I have found that the chief difference between a successful outcome for a patient and one that does not find our desired results is often not a lack of data, nor a lack of technology, but rather a lack of a positive influencer in the patient's care.
The New York Times was the top influencer on the Gulf oil spill, which was the top topic of the year," said Alok Choudhary at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
But how does a company go about influencing the influencer while showing respect for that influencer's high commitment to impartiality?
Now, the New York-based public relations firm, Ketchum, has introduced a product, Ketchum Influencer Relationship Management, that identifies and reaches that select group of people who, for each company, mold the perceptions and behaviors of customers and decision makers.