noun | in·flu·ence
  1. a : the act or power of producing an effect without any apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command

    b : corrupt interference with authority for personal gain

  1. : the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways

  1. : one that exerts influence


transitive verb
  1. : to alter or affect by indirect or intangible means the exemption would allow a conglomerate that owns both a media business and an unrelated business to influence or control the media —Citizens United v. Federal Election Commʼn, 130 S. Ct. 876 (2010)

  1. : to have an effect on the condition or development of