Definition of sphere of influence or interest in English:

sphere of influence (or interest)

1A country or area in which another country has power to affect developments though it has no formal authority: there was increasing friction between Russia and Germany concerning their respective spheres of influence in eastern Europe
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  • It was characterised by the arms race between the two superpowers who were eager to preserve their spheres of influence.
  • However, he cautions the reader to keep in mind the wars fought by the United Kingdom to expand its sphere of influence.
  • Once a powerful kingdom whose sphere of influence stretched from the Levante in the west as far as Naples and Sicily in the east, Aragon is now one of Spain's 17 autonomous regions.
Synonyms
area, field, compass, orbit; range, scope, extent; jurisdiction, remit
informal bailiwick, turf, patch
1.1A field or area in which an individual or organization has power to affect events and developments: we need a system in which agencies have clearer boundaries to their sphere of influence
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  • These value chains are moreover often populated with middlemen who prosper by taking a ‘cut’ out of every transaction they organize within their sphere of influence.
  • As nurses continue to broaden their spheres of influence in areas, such as hospital corporate staff, hospital and community boards, and college administration, there is a need to enhance professional etiquette skills.
  • As the hubs of international networks, major companies form spheres of influence and power over numbers of affiliated and collaborating business units.
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