-v. 3. affect, sway, bias, incline; change, alter, modify, transform; act on, play on, work on, impress upon, impact upon, effect; move, impel, motivate, actuate; incite, rouse, arouse, instigate, induce, persuade, Inf. jawbone.
4. determine, regulate, direct, govern, manage; lead, guide, control, subject, master, hold; dominate, predominate, wield, command, reign, rule.
5. carry weight, swing one's weight, throw one's weight around; Inf. pull rank, Inf. pull strings, Inf. pull wires.
influential, adj. powerful, potent, Literary, puissant, strong, forceful, forcible; effective, effectual, efficacious, telling, cogent; moving, arousing, instigating, persuasive; controlling, leading, guiding, directing, ruling; authoritative, dominant, predominant; weighty, carrying a lot of weight, substantial; recognized, significant, important, reputable, prestigious.
influenza, n. grippe, flu; Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, Russian flu, A-Victoria flu; chills and fever; Pathol. croup; All Inf. the bug, the virus, the miseries.
influx, n. influent; inflow, inrush, ingress; invasion, intrusion; river mouth, delta, ddbouchd.
inform, v. 1. apprise, advise, notify, let know, tell, relate; impart, acquaint; brief, SI. clue in, Brit. SI. give the gen, SI. background; SI. give the low-down, SI. give the inside dope or story, fill [s.o.] in; caution, warn, SI. put [s.o.] wise; announce, proclaim, publish, broadcast, report, communicate; instruct, teach, school, enlighten, illuminate, inculcate; disclose, divulge, let slip, leak, SI. spill the beans, SI. blow the lid off.
2. animate, inspire, fire, kindle, arouse; infuse, imbue, instill.
3. tell tales, Inf. snitch, Inf tell on, tell tales out of school, Inf. blow the whistle on, turn in; All SI. fink, peach, stool, rat, rat on, squeal, squeak; All SI. put the finger on, finger, name names, sell [s.o.] down the river, sing, weasel.
informal, adj. 1. irregular, unusual, out of the usual, uncustomary, nonconforming, unconventional; unofficial, unorthodox, unsystematic; original, Latin, sui generis, unique.
2. casual, natural, unceremonious, cavalier, homespun, down-home, shirtsleeve; unpretentious, simple, familiar, unassuming, unaffected; plain, common, everyday, workaday, humdrum, garden-variety; easygoing, Dial, daisyish, bohemian, lackadaisical, offhand, lax.
3. colloquial, vernacular, unliterary, slangy; off-the-cuff, ad-lib, extemporized, improvised, glib, fluent.
informality, n. 1. irregularity, unusualness, eccentricity; unconventionality, unorthodoxy, nonconformism.
2. naturalness, unceremoniousness, simplicity, casualness; casual lifestyle, California lifestyle; bohemian-ism, Fr. la vie bohtme; insouciance, carefreeness, relaxedness; laxity, looseness, freedom.
informant, n. appriser, adviser, notifier; announcer, reporter, newsmonger, instructor; mouthpiece, spokesman, spokeswoman, public relations man or woman, SI. flak, advance man; source, Inf. tipster, Inf. horse's mouth, SI. Deep Throat.
information, n. 1. data, facts, Brit. SI. gen, knowledge, intelligence; input, Computer Technol. readout, briefing, background information, background, dossier; news, tidings, report, communication, communique, message, account, recital; notice, tip, advice, pointer, counsel; instruction, enlightenment, wisdom; word, lowdown, SI. info, SI. poop, dirt, dope, inside story, SI. scoop.