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To have an effect on someone's emotions or attitudes

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

put off

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

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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