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influence

in·flu·ence

influence

 
 
pronunciation:
In flu ns
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a thing or person that can affect another thing or person.
My mother was a big influence in my life.The war had an influence on the country's future.
similar words:
authority, cause, control
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: influenced, influences, influencing
definition: to affect.
Your ideas have influenced my thinking.
synonyms:
affect
similar words:
control, dispose, guide, impress, incline, move, persuade
derivation: influenced (adj.)
Word History
The words influence and influenza both had their beginnings in a Latin word that meant "to flow in." In Roman times, the Latin word was often used for the effects the stars had on human affairs. The belief that the position of the stars could bring about good or evil events continued into the Renaissance period in Britain and western Europe. The flu was thought to be caused by a bad influence from the stars.
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