In flu @ns
definition 1: the power or intangible action of one thing or person which brings about an effect on another.
example: Her friends had a lot of influence on her decision to go into acting.
example: We can see the influence of Picasso in this artist’s works.
example: The ideas of Karl Marx had a strong influence on him as a youth.
example: The driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol.
definition 2: a thing or person that exerts such action.
example: She had always been a major influence in her younger sister’s life.
example: The works of the French impressionists were his early influences.
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