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Main Entry: 1in·flu·ence
Pronunciation: primarystressin-secondarystressflü-schwan(t)s
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English influence "a fluid formerly believed to flow from the stars to cause people to act a certain way," from early French influence (same meaning), derived from Latin influere "to flow in," from in- "in" and fluere "to flow" --related to FLUID
1 : the act or power of producing an effect indirectly or without apparent use of force or exercise of command
2 : dishonest interference with authority for personal gain
3 : a person or thing that influences
- under the influence : affected by liquor

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