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adjective powerful pronunciation in American English /ˈpaʊrf(ə)l/

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  1. 1
    able to influence or control what people do or think

    The powerful farm lobby is pressuring Congress to change the law.

    Recent events are a powerful argument for gun control.

    a powerful man

  2. 2
    physically strong

    a powerful athlete

    You need powerful muscles for this.

    1. a.
      with a lot of physical force

      a powerful nuclear weapon

      a powerful punch

    2. b.
      strong and working well

      They have installed a more powerful engine in the new model.

      a powerful fighting force

    3. c.
      a powerful drug or chemical has a strong effect

      Reports show that nicotine is more powerful than cocaine.

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