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To make someone behave in a particular way - thesaurus

Synonyms

influence

verb

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

motivate

verb

to make someone behave in a particular way

condition

verb

if someone is conditioned by their experiences or by another person, they are influenced by them so that they think or behave in a particular way

incline

verb

formal to make someone likely to behave in a particular way or to have a particular opinion or attitude

hold sway

to be the main influence on people’s opinions or behaviour

enter

verb

to begin to affect someone’s actions or behaviour

implant

verb

to put an idea or attitude into someone’s mind so that it influences their character or behaviour

predispose

verb

formal to make someone likely to think, feel, or behave in a particular way

programme

verb

to make a person or animal behave in a particular way

throw back on

to force someone to use their own abilities, powers etc because there is nothing else to use

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bias

verb

to influence someone’s opinions, decisions etc so that they behave or think in an unfair way

civilise

a British spelling of civilize

civilize

verb

to make someone behave in a more polite and reasonable way

corrupt

verb

to encourage someone to start doing dishonest, illegal, or immoral things

govern

verb

if something governs people or their behaviour, it controls or strongly influences them

have an in with someone

spoken to have influence with someone

humanise

a British spelling of humanize

humanize

verb

to make someone kinder and more able to understand other people

involve

verb

to put someone into a situation in which they must do something

knock some sense into someone

to make someone start behaving in a more sensible way

lead someone astray

to make someone behave badly

mould

verb

to influence someone strongly so that they will have certain qualities or will behave in a certain way

pervert

verb

to influence someone to behave sexually in a way that is considered to be wrong or not normal

prime

verb

to prepare someone to behave or react in a particular way

rub off

if a quality that someone has rubs off, it starts to affect another person so that they start to have that quality too

rule

verb

to influence someone’s thoughts or actions

start off

informal to make someone behave in a silly or emotional way about something

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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