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Dictionary Definition



1 possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade" [syn: powerfulness] [ant: powerlessness, powerlessness]
2 (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)
3 possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination" [syn: ability] [ant: inability]
4 a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world [syn: world power, major power, great power, superpower]
5 (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power; "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president" [syn: office]
6 one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil" [syn: force]
7 physical strength [syn: might, mightiness]
8 a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself [syn: exponent, index]
9 a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" [syn: baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, top executive, tycoon] v : supply the force or power for the functioning of; "The gasoline powers the engines"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /paʊə/, /paU@/
  • (US) /paʊɚ/, /paU@`/
  • Rhymes: -aʊə(r)
  • Hyphenation: pow·er


  1. Physical force or strength.
  2. Control and influence over another entity and its actions.
    He exerted his power upon his subordinates to obtain illicit, personal satisfaction.
    The party has won power thanks to the influence of its charismatic leader.
  3. Electricity supply.
  4. A nation having a strong military and/or economy.
  5. A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.
  6. A rate to magnify an optical image by a lens or mirror.
  7. in Christian angelology, the fourth level of angels, ranked above archangels and below principalities
  8. A product of equal factors. Notation and usage: xn, read as "x to the power of " or "x to the th power", denotes x × x × ... × x, in which x appears times, where is called the exponent; the definition is extended to non-integer and complex exponents.
  9. Cardinality.


control and influence over another entity and its actions
  • 2005, Columbia Law Review, April
    In the face of expanding federal power, California in particular struggled to maintain control over its Chinese population.
physical force or strength
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 力量 (lìliang)
  • Czech: síla
  • Dutch: kracht
  • Estonian: jõud
  • Finnish: voima
  • French: puissance
  • German: Kraft, Stärke
  • Greek: δύναμη (dinami) , ισχύς (iskhis) , κράτος (kratos)
  • Hebrew: כח (ko'ɑḥ)
  • Hungarian: erő
  • Italian: potenza
  • Japanese: (chikara)
  • Korean: (him)
  • Norwegian: kraft
  • Polish: siła
  • Portuguese: força
  • Romanian: putere
  • Russian: сила (síla) , мощь (mošč) f obs., дурь (dur’) f coll.
  • Slovak: sila
  • Slovene: moč
  • Spanish: potencia, poder
  • Turkish: güç
control and influence over another
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 力量 (lìliang)
  • Czech: moc
  • Dutch: macht
  • Estonian: võim
  • Finnish: valta
  • French: puissance
  • German: Macht
  • Greek: επιρροή
  • Hebrew: סמכות (sɑmḥut) , שלטון (šilton)
  • Hungarian: hatalom
  • Italian: potere
  • Japanese: (chikara), 権力 (ken’ryoku), 勢力 (seiryoku)
  • Korean: (him)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: توانا
  • Norwegian: makt
  • Portuguese: poder
  • Romanian: putere
  • Russian: власть (vlast’) , влияние (vlijánije)
  • Slovak: moc
  • Slovene: moč
  • Spanish: poder
  • Swedish: makt
physics: measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy
  • Czech: výkon
  • Dutch: vermogen
  • Estonian: võimsus
  • Finnish: teho
  • French: puissance
  • German: Leistung
  • Greek: δύναμη
  • Hebrew: כח (ko'ɑḥ)
  • Hungarian: teljesítmény
  • Italian: potenza
  • Japanese: 仕事率 (shigoto-ritsu)
  • Portuguese: potencia
  • Romanian: putere
  • Russian: сила, энергия
  • Slovak: sila
  • Slovene: moč
  • Spanish: potencia
  • Turkish: güç
physics: a rate to magnify an optical image by a lens or mirror
fourth level of angels
mathematics: product of equal factors
  • Czech: mocnina
  • Dutch: macht
  • Finnish: potenssi
  • French: puissance
  • German: Potenz , Hochzahl (x hoch n)
  • Greek: δύναμη
  • Hebrew: חזקה (ḥezkɑ)
  • Hungarian: hatvány
  • Italian: potenza
  • Japanese: (jō), 累乗 (ruijō)
  • Polish: potęga
  • Portuguese: potencia
  • Romanian: putere
  • Russian: степень (stépen’)
  • Slovak: mocnina
  • Slovene: potenca
  • Spanish: potencia
electricity supply
nation having a strong military and/or economy
  • Czech: mocnost
  • Dutch: grootmacht
  • Finnish: mahti, valta, voima
  • German: Macht , Großmacht
  • Greek: δύναμη
  • Hebrew: עוצמה (otzmah)
  • Hungarian: hatalom
  • Italian: potenza
  • Japanese: 権力 (kenryoku), 勢力 (seiryoku)
  • Portuguese: potência
  • Russian: сила, держава
  • Slovak: mocnosť
  • Slovene: sila
  • Spanish: potencia


  1. To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).
    This CD player is powered by batteries.

Derived terms


provide power for

Extensive Definition

Power may refer to ** Higher power, mostly the Judaeochristian god or another deity
  • comics
    • Power!!, a manga album originally published in Japan now called Girl Got Game
    • Powers (comics), a comic book series
  • lotteries
    • Powerball, a major United States lottery game

See also

power in German: Power (Begriffsklärung)
power in Spanish: Poder
power in Persian: توان
power in Lithuanian: Galia
power in Japanese: パワー
power in Korean: 힘
power in Dutch: Macht
power in Portuguese: Poder (desambiguação)
power in Russian: Сила
power in Simple English: Power

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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virtue, vitality, voltage, warrant, ways, ways and means, weight, weighty, what it takes, wherewith, wherewithal, whip hand, whip on, wieldy, will, will of iron, will power, worthy, zenith
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