- the radiation of an ethereal fluid from the stars, regarded as affecting human actions and destinies.
- the exercise of occult power by the stars, or such power as exercised.
verb (used with object), in·flu·enced, in·flu·enc·ing.
- influence peddler,
Origin of influence
Examples from the Web for influenced
As Gaidar suggests, this is the rare case when public reaction has influenced authorities at all.
But this is a situation in which the films have influenced the behavior of young pro-democracy activists in real life.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was obvious to me that Bill Evans was influenced by Ravel, too.
But what influenced his change of heart to move away from Jacobinism as an ideology?
Still other critics are baffled that Borges was influenced by such strange and disparate sources.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else|Allen Barra|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although often most fatal in winter, there is no proof that its prevalence is influenced by season.
Philosophical studies were influenced by the current ideas of the age.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
Yet as the days passed, he became more interested in her, influenced by her nearness to him, and still more by her remoteness.The Mountain Girl|Payne Erskine
On the other hand there is the converse fact that the voice may be influenced through expression and gesture.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross
Strong in self-confidence, she had no fear that her mind could be influenced to stray from its proper path.
Word Origin for influence
1650s, from influence (n.). Related: Influenced; influencing.
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.
see under the influence.