Meaning of POWER in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ paʊə(r) ]

( powers, powering, powered)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


If someone has power , they have a lot of control over people and activities.

In a democracy, power must be divided.

...a political power struggle between the Liberals and National Party.



Your power to do something is your ability to do it.

Human societies have the power to solve the problems confronting them...

He was so drunk that he had lost the power of speech.

N-UNCOUNT : usu N to-inf , N of n


If it is in or within your power to do something, you are able to do it or you have the resources to deal with it.

Your debt situation is only temporary, and it is within your power to resolve it...

N-UNCOUNT : poss N


If someone in authority has the power to do something, they have the legal right to do it.

The police have the power of arrest...

N-UNCOUNT : also N in pl , oft the N to-inf


If people take power or come to power , they take charge of a country’s affairs. If a group of people are in power , they are in charge of a country’s affairs.

In 1964 Labour came into power...

He first assumed power in 1970...

The party has been in power since independence in 1964.

N-UNCOUNT : oft in N


You can use power to refer to a country that is very rich or important, or has strong military forces.

In Western eyes, Iraq is a major power in an area of great strategic importance.

N-COUNT : usu supp N


The power of something is the ability that it has to move or affect things.

The Roadrunner had better power, better tyres, and better brakes.

...massive computing power.

N-UNCOUNT : usu supp N


Power is energy, especially electricity, that is obtained in large quantities from a fuel source and used to operate lights, heating, and machinery.

Nuclear power is cleaner than coal...

Power has been restored to most parts that were hit last night by high winds...



The device or fuel that powers a machine provides the energy that the machine needs in order to work.

The ‘flywheel’ battery, it is said, could power an electric car for 600 miles on a single charge...

VERB : V n

• -powered

...battery-powered radios.

...nuclear-powered submarines.


see also high-powered


Power tools are operated by electricity.

...large power tools, such as chainsaws.

...a power drill.

≠ hand



In mathematics, power is used in expressions such as 2 to the power of 4 or 2 to the 4th power to indicate that 2 must be multiplied by itself 4 times. This is written in numbers as 2 4 , or 2 x 2 x 2 x 2, which equals 16.

N-SING : to the N of num , to the ord N


You can refer to people in authority as the powers that be , especially when you want to say that you disagree with them or do not understand what they say or do.

The powers that be, in this case the independent Television Association, banned the advertisement altogether...


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