in·flux | \ ˈin-ˌfləks \

Definition of influx 

: a coming in an influx of tourists

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Synonyms & Antonyms for influx


affluence, flux, income, inflow, inpouring, inrush


outflow, outpouring

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Examples of influx in a Sentence

The city is preparing for a large influx of tourists this summer. The company has had a sudden influx of capital.

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And in Lake County, health department officials are pleased to see an influx of residents who have sought out one-on-one counseling for tobacco cessation since the Waukegan Housing Authority went smoke-free in June. Vikki Ortiz,, "As public housing buildings go smoke-free, health advocates mobilize to help residents quit," 2 July 2018 In September 2017, the Joint Finance Committee approved $4 million in improvements to Alexander Field, a small airport in Wisconsin Rapids which has seen an influx of private jets since Sand Valley opened. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 But as New Orleans, post-Katrina, has seen an influx of transplants from up North, a subtler sort of cultural exchange seems to be taking place. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Lowerline and Café Booqoo Translate Classics of New Orleans Cuisine," 28 June 2018 Last year, a record 20 million visitors landed in Portugal, up nearly 10 percent from the year before, and if anything this year and next will see an even bigger influx. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "More People Will Be Visiting Portugal This Year—Here's Why," 19 June 2018 Cuyahoga County, like the rest of the state and the nation, has seen an influx in recent years of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl being shipped from China. Eric Heisig,, "Euclid man mailed fentanyl, other drugs he received from China to U.S.-based purchasers, feds say," 28 Mar. 2018 Jordan feared another refugee influx but welcomed the anticipated reopening of what had been the main land route from Turkey to the Gulf after three years of closure. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 July 2018 That’s something Plepler has previously stressed when fighting back against the influx of original programming by Amazon, Netflix, and others. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Is the Warriors’ recent dominance and influx of talent bad for the NBA? Mark Medina, sacbee, "'I'm not trying to create ... forced parity': Why the Warriors don't worry NBA boss," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of influx

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for influx

Medieval Latin influxus, from Latin influere

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English Language Learners Definition of influx

: the arrival of a large number of people

: the arrival or inward flow of a large amount of something (such as money)

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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