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English noun: power

1. power (attribute) possession of controlling influence

SamplesThe deterrent power of nuclear weapons.
The power of his love saved her.
His powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade.


Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)chokehold, control, discretion, disposal, effectiveness, effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness, free will, influence, interest, interestingness, irresistibility, irresistibleness, jurisdiction, legal power, persuasiveness, potency, preponderance, puissance, repellant, repellent, stranglehold, strength, strength, sway, throttlehold, valence, valence, valency, valency, veto

Attributepowerful, powerless

Antonymsimpotence, impotency, powerlessness

2. power (phenomenon) (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)

Broader (hypernym)physical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)electric power, electrical power, waterpower, wattage

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. power (cognition) possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

SamplesDanger heightened his powers of discrimination.


Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis

Narrower (hyponym)accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, aptitude, attainment, bilingualism, capacity, creative thinking, creativeness, creativity, faculty, hand, intelligence, know-how, leadership, mental ability, mental faculty, module, originality, science, skill, skill, superior skill



4. power (state) (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power

SamplesBeing 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.


Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)executive clemency, war power

Domain categoryadministration, governance, governing, government, government activity

5. power (person) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

SamplesThe mysterious presence of an evil power.
May the force be with you.
The forces of evil.


Broader (hypernym)causal agency, causal agent, cause

Narrower (hyponym)influence, juggernaut, Moloch, steamroller

6. power (communication) a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself

Synonymsexponent, index

Broader (hypernym)mathematical notation

Narrower (hyponym)degree, log, logarithm

7. power (attribute) physical strength

Synonymsmight, mightiness

Broader (hypernym)strength

8. power (group) a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world

Synonymsgreat power, major power, superpower, world power

Broader (hypernym)body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state

Narrower (hyponym)hegemon

9. power (person) a very wealthy or powerful businessman

SamplesAn oil baron.

Synonymsbaron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, top executive, tycoon

Broader (hypernym)businessman, man of affairs

Narrower (hyponym)oil tycoon

English verb: power

1. power (consumption) supply the force or power for the functioning of

SamplesThe gasoline powers the engines.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)drive

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