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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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