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Definition of 'power'


  1. possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
       Synonyms: powerfulness
       Antonyms: powerlessness impotence impotency powerlessness impotence impotency
  2. (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)
  3. possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
       Synonyms: ability
       Antonyms: inability
  4. a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
       Synonyms: world power major power great power superpower
  5. (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power; "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president"
       Synonyms: office
  6. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
       Synonyms: force
  7. physical strength
       Synonyms: might mightiness
  8. a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
       Synonyms: exponent index
  9. a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron"
       Synonyms: baron big businessman business leader king magnate mogul top executive tycoon


  1. supply the force or power for the functioning of; "The gasoline powers the engines"

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