A new PBS documentary portrays her as a powerful behind-the-scenes figure in making personnel decisions and influencing policy.
We have, he argues, some shot at influencing the military, but no shot at all of influencing the Brotherhood.
He pleaded to keep the initiative alive in hopes of influencing that process.
He talks to Dom Phillips about influencing Madonna and loving older women.
And it is their distinctiveness that is influencing the broader culture.
This document he placed in the hands of Nottingham to use in influencing the Council.
I suspect that she was the means of influencing so large a purchase.
The anti-Semitic press launched a well-planned campaign against the Jews in the hope of influencing the judicial verdict.
Psychotherapy is the practice of treating the sick by influencing the mental life.
My native wrong-headedness may have had its share in influencing me.
late 14c., an astrological term, "streaming ethereal power from the stars acting upon character or destiny of men," from Old French influence "emanation from the stars that acts upon one's character and destiny" (13c.), also "a flow of water," from Medieval Latin influentia "a flowing in" (also used in the astrological sense), from Latin influentem (nominative influens), present participle of influere "to flow into," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Meaning "exercise of personal power by human beings" is from mid-15c.; meaning "exertion of unseen influence by persons" is from 1580s (a sense already in Medieval Latin, e.g. Aquinas). Under the influence "drunk" first attested 1866.
1650s, from influence (n.). Related: Influenced; influencing.