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noun power pronunciation in American English /ˈpaʊər/
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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
      purchasing/bargaining/earning power
      beyond/outside 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
      He has amazing powers of concentration.
      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
    The plan aims to strengthen presidential powers.
    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
      An appellate 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. 3
    [uncountable] physical force or strength
    The boy was thrown backward against a tree by the power of the blast.
    the power of the crocodile’s jaws
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the ability of a machine or vehicle to operate quickly and effectively
    I’m going to need a computer with more power.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] energy obtained from oil, coal, the sun, etc., used for operating equipment and machines
    solar power
    1. a.
      the supply of electricity to your home, office, community, etc.
      A wind generator provides power to the farm.
      a power outage (=a situation in which there is no electricity): The power outage caused by the ice storm lasted 24 hours.




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