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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·flu·ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Influenced p. pr. & vb. n. Influencing ] To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to affect; to move; to persuade; to induce.
    These experiments succeed after the same manner in vacuo as in the open air, and therefore are not influenced by the weight or pressure of the atmosphere.   --Sir I. Newton.
    This standing revelation . . . is sufficient to influence their faith and practice, if they attend.   --Attebury.
    The principle which influenced their obedience has lost its efficacy.   --Rogers.