power - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the ability to influence or control what people do or think

    Power within the company is divided between the directors and the shareholders.

    the power of television advertising

    power over:

    Her parents still have a lot of power over her.

    power struggle (=an attempt by each of two people or groups to get control):

    a power struggle within the party

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the ability to achieve something or to make something happen
      beyond your power:

      I had always believed such an achievement was beyond my power.

      do everything in/within your power:

      Willis did everything within his power for his client.

    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a natural or unusual ability for doing something
      the power to do something:

      Some people believed Rashad had the power to perform miracles.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] political control of a country or government
    be in power:

    The ruling Social Democratic party has been in power for ten years.

    seize power:

    Later that year, the generals seized power in a bloody coup.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] official or legal authority to do something

      A high court has power to overturn the lower court’s decision.

      exercise your power (=use your authority):

      Under the dictatorship, the army was allowed to exercise vast powers.

      abuse your power (=use your authority in a bad way):

      Local officials were found to be abusing their power.

    2. b.
      [countable] a country that is able to influence other countries because of its economic or military strength

      China has emerged as a major economic power in Asia.

  3. 4
    [uncountable] physical force or strength

    The boy was thrown backwards against a tree by the power of the blast.

    the power of the crocodile’s jaws

  4. 5
    [uncountable] the ability of a machine or vehicle to operate quickly and effectively

    I’m going to need a computer with more power.

  5. 6
    [countable] maths used in mathematics for saying how many times you multiply a number by itself. For example ‘10 to the power of 3’ means 10x10x10.