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noun influence pronunciation in British English /ˈɪnfluəns/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the effect that a person or thing has on someones decisions, opinions, or behaviour or on the way something happens
    Without his famous father’s influence, he would never have got the job.
    exert/exercise/use influence: He couldn’t hope to exert any real influence in the new department.
    influence on/over: Teachers have considerable influence over what is taught in the classroom.
    outside influence (=the influence of people who do not belong to your group): The decision-making process will be free from outside influence.
  2. 2
    [countable] a person or thing that has an effect on someone or something
    influence on: His years in Hollywood were artistically a very destructive influence on his films.
    be a good/bad influence (on someone/something): The family thought Anne was a good influence on their son.
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