influence - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleinfluencing
past tenseinfluenced
past participleinfluenced
  1. to affect the way that someone thinks or behaves, or to affect the way that something happens

    What factors influenced your decision to take the job?

    Research has shown that the weather can influence people’s behaviour.

    strongly/greatly/heavily influence someone/something:

    His films were greatly influenced by Hitchcock.

    influence someone to do something:

    It was prolonged illness as a child that influenced her to become a doctor.