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influence

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of influence

  1. to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response the news reports of the devastating flood influenced a great many people to make contributions for food and supplies Synonyms of influence impact, impress, affect, move, reach, strike, sway, tell (on), touchWords Related to influence carry away, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthrall (or enthral), ravish, transport; bias, color; inspire, stir; engage, interest, involve, penetrate, pierce; afflict, agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, disturb, fluster, harass, harry, perturb, pester, plague, smite, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry, wring; allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinateNear Antonyms of influence bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

Synonym Discussion of influence

affect, influence, touch, impress, strike, sway mean to produce or have an effect upon. affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction.
    • the sight affected her to tears
influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior).
    • our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing
touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming.
    • plants touched by frost
    • his emotions were touched by her distress
impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect.
    • only one of the plans impressed him
strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation.
    • struck by the solemnity of the occasion
sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action.
    • politicians who are swayed by popular opinion

influence

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of influence

  1. 1 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly a mayor who doesn't hesitate to use her influence to get business leaders behind civic improvements Synonyms of influence authority, clout, credit, heft, in, juice [slang], leverage, pull, sway, weight Words Related to influence counterinfluence; command, dominance, dominion, mastery, predominance, reign, scepter, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; consequence, eminence, importance, moment; impact, impress, impression, imprint, mark Near Antonyms of influence helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  2. 2 the power to bring about a result on another the basic premise of astrology is that the position of the stars has an influence on human affairs Synonyms of influence impact, effect, mark, repercussion, swayWords Related to influence authority, clout, prestige, pull, weight; command, domination, dominion, mastery; consequence, importance, significance; sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacyNear Antonyms of influence helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

Synonym Discussion of influence

influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously.
    • used her influence to get the bill passed
authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief.
    • his opinions lacked authority
prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority.
    • the prestige of the newspaper
weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices.
    • their wishes obviously carried much weight
credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others.
    • his credit with the press


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