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To have an effect on someone's emotions or attitudes - thesaurus

Synonyms

influence

verb

to affect the way that someone thinks or behaves, or to affect the way that something happens

decide

verb

to influence someone so that they make a particular choice

lead to

to make someone think something

grip

verb

to have a strong effect on someone

stir

verb

to make someone think about something

skew

verb

to have a strong effect on someone’s opinion, ideas, or judgment

give

verb

to make someone feel or experience something

catch

verb

to have a sudden effect on something such as someone’s attention or imagination

pack a punch

to have a strong effect

color

verb

to affect someone’s decision or opinion about something

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alienate

verb

to make someone dislike you, or not want to help or support you

banish

verb

to make someone stop thinking about something or stop having particular feelings

bias

verb

to make something have a special interest or tendency, often in an unfair way

blind

verb

to prevent someone from realizing or admitting the truth about something

catch up with

to begin to have an effect on someone

concentrate the/someone’s mind

to make someone think clearly about what is important

convince

verb

to make someone believe that something is true

cut someone down to size

to make someone accept that they are not as important or impressive as they believe they are

desensitize

verb

to make someone react less strongly to something such as violence or pain, often by making them experience it many times

deter

verb

to make someone decide not to do something

drive

verb

to make someone determined to do something

drive away

to make someone stop wanting something or stop wanting to be with someone

dull

verb

to make a feeling weaker

dull

verb

to make someone’s mind slower or less able to understand, think, hear, etc.

engulf

verb

if something bad or unpleasant engulfs people, it affects them seriously

ennoble

verb

if an experience or event ennobles a person or their mind, it gives them a better character or nature

feed

verb

to make a feeling stronger

gain/get someone’s confidence

to make someone feel that they can trust you

get someone started

informal to do or say something that makes someone talk for a long time about something

give someone pause (for thought)

to make someone think carefully about something

harden

verb

mainly literary to make someone become less affected or upset by unpleasant things so that they show less kindness or sympathy to other people

have

verb

used for saying that something happens in an area, group, organization, etc. that affects people there

have/hold someone in thrall

literary to control someone completely, or to have all of their attention

hit/strike home

if something that you say hits or strikes home, people understand it and accept it

inform

verb

formal to influence something such as an opinion, attitude, or style

inspire

verb

to give someone the idea for a piece of work

invigorate

verb

to give someone more energy

keep someone on their toes

to make someone concentrate so that they are ready to deal with anything that might happen

knock out

to make someone lose a quality

lance

verb

British to affect someone strongly and immediately

make your presence felt

to have a powerful effect or influence on other people or on a situation

melt

verb

to make someone kinder and more sympathetic

open someone’s mind to something

to make someone more willing to consider something

plant

verb

if you plant an idea in someone’s mind, you introduce it so that they begin to think about it

pollute

verb

to spoil the good character of someone or something

prejudice

verb

to make someone form an opinion about someone or something before they have enough information

puncture

verb

to cause a sudden change in the way that someone feels or thinks about something

put off

to make someone not want to do something, or to make someone not like someone or something

reflect on

to give people a particular opinion of someone or something

reform

verb

to change your own or someone else’s behavior, so that it is no longer illegal or harmful

rehabilitate

verb

to try to make people respect someone or something again

sear

verb

literary to have a sudden, strong, and unpleasant effect on someone

sensitize

verb

to make someone notice or understand a situation or problem

shake/rock the foundations of something

to bring major changes or cause serious damage to an institution, set of beliefs, etc., especially by making people question their basic ideas

smite

verb

an old word meaning to have a sudden serious effect on someone

stalk

verb

literary if something unpleasant or dangerous stalks a place, it affects the people there

stand/turn something on its head

to make someone think in a completely new way about something

strike/sound a note

to create a particular mood by the way that you speak or behave

subvert

verb

to make someone less loyal or less moral

take/bring someone down a peg (or two)

to make someone realize they are not as important as they think they are

talk

verb

informal to have the power to persuade people

toughen

verb

to become mentally or physically stronger, or to make someone mentally or physically stronger

transport

verb

to make you imagine or feel like you are in a different place or time

turn against

to make someone stop liking or supporting someone or something

turn someone’s head

to make someone feel more important, intelligent, etc. than they really are

turn someone’s life/world upside down

to change someone’s life completely, often in a way that is shocking or upsetting

warp

verb

to affect someone in a way that makes them have strange opinions or thoughts

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