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power

pow·er

power

 
pronunciation:
paU r
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the ability to act, cause, or function.
That movie has the power to make people cry.
synonyms:
ability, capability, capacity, faculty, might
antonyms:
inability
similar words:
aptitude, energy, force, genius, qualification, skill, strength, vigor
definition 2: the ability to control others.
The peasants feared the king's power.
synonyms:
authority, control
antonyms:
weakness
similar words:
government, influence, sway
definition 3: a person, group, or nation that has control or influence over others.
The United States is one of the world's great powers.
synonyms:
authority, force, government, influence, ruler
similar words:
command, establishment, management
definition 4: the right of a government or other organization to do something.
The government has the power to tax its citizens.
synonyms:
authority, privilege, right
similar words:
control
definition 5: energy that can do work.
Electric power changed the way people live.
synonyms:
energy, force, steam, vigor
similar words:
horsepower, momentum
definition 6: the number of times another number is multiplied by itself. Three to the fourth power is equal to 3 x 3 x 3 x 3, or 81.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: powered, powering, powers
definition: to supply with energy or force.
Gasoline powers most car engines.
synonyms:
drive
similar words:
activate, operate
Word History
Power comes from an early French word that means "to be able."
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