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adjective powerful pronunciation in British English /ˈpaʊə(r)f(ə)l/

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  1. 1
    able to influence or control what people do or think
    The powerful farming lobby is pressurizing the government to change the law.
    Recent events are a powerful argument for gun control.
    a powerful man
  2. 2
    physically strong
    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. d.
      very loud or bright, or with a strong smell
      a powerful rotten-egg smell

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