Other forms: powers; powered; powering

Someone with power has physical strength or they're in control of things. So a weakling who's in charge of a business still has a lot of power.

Power comes from the Latin word potere, which means "to be able." But things with power are much more than able — they're able to exert a lot of force. "The powers that be" are those who hold authority, and "the power behind the throne" refers to the people who exert influence without being formally in charge. When used as a verb, power means "to supply with mechanical or electrical energy," as in a nuclear-powered submarine.

Definitions of power
  1. noun
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    “danger heightened his powers of discrimination”
    synonyms: ability
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    lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
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    the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something
    the ability to lead
    the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
    inherent ability
    the ability to speak two languages colloquially
    capacity, mental ability
    the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
    creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
    the ability to create
    the ability to think and act independently
    science, skill
    ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
    accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill
    an ability that has been acquired by training
    superior skill
    more than ordinary ability
    faculty, mental faculty, module
    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
    bag of tricks
    a supply of ways of accomplishing something
    sapience, wisdom
    ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
    the leadership ability of a military general
    brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit
    mental ability
    breadth, comprehensiveness, largeness
    the capacity to understand a broad range of topics
    intellect, mind
    knowledge and intellectual ability
    nonverbal intelligence
    intelligence that is manifested in the performance of tasks requiring little or no use of language
    verbal intelligence
    intelligence in the use and comprehension of language
    mental quickness, quick-wittedness, quickness
    intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay
    mental dexterity, nimbleness
    intelligence as revealed by quickness and alertness of mind
    brilliance, genius
    unusual mental ability
    precociousness, precocity
    intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules
    acuity, acuteness, keenness, sharpness
    a quick and penetrating intelligence
    brightness, cleverness, smartness
    intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty
    astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness
    intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
    marbles, wits
    the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception
    inherent aptitude, instinct
    inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli
    capability, capableness, potentiality
    an aptitude that may be developed
    natural ability
    ability that is inherited
    fecundity, fruitfulness
    the intellectual productivity of a creative imagination
    passing above and beyond ordinary bounds
    genius, wizardry
    exceptional creative ability
    imagination, imaginativeness, vision
    the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
    conception, design, excogitation, innovation, invention
    the creation of something in the mind
    cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness
    the power of creative imagination
    originality by virtue of introducing new ideas
    originality by virtue of being unconventional
    freshness, novelty
    originality by virtue of being new and surprising
    a natural skill
    technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso
    craft, craftsmanship, workmanship
    skill in an occupation or trade
    skill in handling and riding horses
    the ability to read and write
    skill in shooting
    the skill of a master
    skill in preparing mixed drinks
    art, artistry, prowess
    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
    skill with numbers and mathematics
    skill as an oarsman
    skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy
    skill in sailing
    the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner
    soldiering, soldiership
    skills that are required for the life of soldier
    skill in fencing
    the faculty or power of mental concentration
    language, speech
    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
    memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity
    the power of retaining and recalling past experience
    intellect, reason, understanding
    the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
    sensation, sense, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency
    the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
    volition, will
    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
    a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
    prescience, prevision
    the power to foresee the future
    type of:
    cognition, knowledge, noesis
    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  2. noun
    (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)
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    electric power, electrical power, wattage
    the product of voltage and current
    the power to do work that is latent in a head of water
    the power output of a generator or power plant
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    physical phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
  3. noun
    physical strength
    synonyms: might, mightiness
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    the property of being physically or mentally strong
  4. verb
    supply the force or power for the functioning of
    “The gasoline powers the engines”
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    cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  5. noun
    possession of controlling influence
    “the deterrent power of nuclear weapons”
    “the power of his love saved her”
    synonyms: powerfulness
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    impotence, impotency, powerlessness
    the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
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    effectiveness, potency, strength
    capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
    valence, valency
    (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)
    valence, valency
    (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate
    superiority in power or influence
    power to influence or coerce
    persuasiveness, strength
    the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty
    irresistibility, irresistibleness
    the quality of being overpowering and impossible to resist
    interest, interestingness
    the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
    chokehold, stranglehold, throttlehold
    complete power over a person or situation
    controlling influence
    a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
    repellant, repellent
    the power to repel
    power to direct or determine
    jurisdiction, legal power
    (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
    the power to use something or someone
    discretion, free will
    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
    the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)
    effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness
    power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect
    charisma, personal appeal, personal magnetism
    a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others
    covalence, covalency
    valence characterized by the sharing of electrons in a chemical compound; the number of pairs of electrons an atom can share
    the power of argument or evidence to cause belief
    news, newsworthiness
    the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    the attribute of being of interest at the present time
    color, colour, vividness
    interest and variety and intensity
    the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses
    dead hand, dead hand of the past, mortmain
    the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
    a powerful effect or influence
    grasp, grip
    an intellectual hold or understanding
    authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, potency, say-so
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
    control of a state or organization by large interest groups
    power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
    iron fist
    rigorous or ruthless control
    any means of control
    determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion
    incisiveness, trenchancy
    keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellect
    efficaciousness, efficacy
    capacity or power to produce a desired effect
    line-item veto
    the power of a government executive to veto individual items in a bill without vetoing other parts of the bill
    type of:
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  6. noun
    one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
    “the mysterious presence of an evil power
    synonyms: force
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    juggernaut, steamroller
    a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
    influence, influencer
    one having power to influence another
    a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
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    causal agency, causal agent, cause
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
  7. noun
    a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    synonyms: great power, major power, superpower, world power
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    a leading or paramount power
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    body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state
    a politically organized body of people under a single government
  8. noun
    a very wealthy or powerful businessman
    synonyms: baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, top executive, tycoon
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    oil tycoon
    a powerful person in the oil business
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    businessman, man of affairs
    a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
  9. noun
    (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power
    “during his first year in power
    “the power of the president”
    synonyms: office
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    executive clemency
    the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
    war power
    an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  10. noun
    a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
    synonyms: exponent, index
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    the highest power of a term or variable
    log, logarithm
    the exponent required to produce a given number
    degree of a term
    the sum of the exponents of the variables in the term
    degree of a polynomial
    the degree of the term in the polynomial that has the highest degree
    first degree
    a degree of one
    common logarithm
    a logarithm to the base 10
    Napierian logarithm, natural logarithm
    a logarithm to the base e
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    mathematical notation
    a notation used by mathematicians




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