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power

pow·er

power

 
 
pronunciation:
paU r
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
power up
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the capability to act or function effectively.
synonyms:
ability, capability, capacity, faculty, might, potential
antonyms:
inability
similar words:
activity, aptitude, competence, energy, force, genius, qualification, skill, strength, vigor, virtue
definition 2: the ability to exert authority or control over others.
synonyms:
authority, command, control, governance, mastery, strength
antonyms:
powerlessness, weakness
similar words:
carte blanche, clout, domination, government, influence, prerogative, supremacy, sway
definition 3: a person, group, or nation that exercises authority or control, or that has wide influence.
synonyms:
authority, force, government, influence, ruler, superpower, world power
similar words:
arm, command, establishment, management, power structure, powerhouse
definition 4: the rights and privileges vested in a government or corporate body.
synonyms:
authority, privilege, right
similar words:
control
definition 5: public or military force.
similar words:
air power, arm, firepower, ordnance, sea power
definition 6: physical, mechanical, or electrical energy.
synonyms:
energy, force, steam, vigor
similar words:
horsepower, impetus, momentum
definition 7: great effectiveness or ability to affect the emotions or mind.
The film had power.
similar words:
consequence, emotion, force, significance
definition 8: (often pl.) divine guidance or authority.
heavenly powers
similar words:
divinity
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: powered, powering, powers
definition: to supply with energy or force.
a machine that is powered by electricity
synonyms:
drive, energize
similar words:
activate, impel, operate
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phrase: power up
Word History
Power comes from an early French word that means "to be able."
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