- pow|er|fulW2 [ˈpauəfəl US ˈpaur-] adj▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(important)¦2¦(speech/film etc)¦3¦(feeling/effect)¦4¦(machine/weapon etc)¦5¦(physically strong)¦6¦(a lot of force)¦7¦(medicine)¦8¦(team/army etc)¦9¦(quality)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(IMPORTANT)¦a powerful person, organization, group etc is able to control and influence events and other people's actions▪ He was one of the most powerful men in Bohemia.▪ a very influential and powerful family▪ rich and powerful nations2.) ¦(SPEECH/FILM ETC)¦having a strong effect on someone's feelings or opinions▪ a powerful speechpowerful reasons/arguments(=reasons that make you think that something must be true)▪ Good teamwork is a powerful tool (=very effective method) for effective management.3.) ¦(FEELING/EFFECT)¦a powerful feeling or effect is very strong or great▪ Immigrants have had a powerful influence on the local culture.▪ a powerful sense of tradition4.) ¦(MACHINE/WEAPON ETC)¦a powerful machine, engine, weapon etc is very effective and can do a lot▪ a new generation of more powerful PCs▪ a machine that is immensely powerful▪ a powerful 24 valve engine▪ a powerful telescope5.) ¦(PHYSICALLY STRONG)¦physically strong▪ Jed was a powerful, well-built man.▪ The females are smaller and less powerful than the males.6.) ¦(A LOT OF FORCE)¦a powerful blow, explosion etc has a lot of force▪ an explosion ten times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb▪ a powerful right-foot shot on goal▪ winds powerful enough to uproot trees7.) ¦(MEDICINE)¦a powerful medicine or drug has a very strong effect on your body8.) ¦(TEAM/ARMY ETC)¦a powerful team, army etc is very strong and can easily defeat other teams or armies▪ a powerful fighting force9.) ¦(QUALITY)¦very strong, bright, loud etc▪ a powerful singing voice▪ the powerful headlights>powerfully adv▪ Christie is very powerfully built.
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Powerful — Pow er*ful, a. 1. Full of power; capable of producing great effects of any kind; potent; mighty; efficacious; intense; as, a powerful man or beast; a powerful engine; a powerful argument; a powerful light; a powerful vessel. [1913 Webster] The… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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powerful — I adjective able, able bodied, armipotent, authoritative, autocratic, autocratical, brawny, cogent, commanding, compelling, consequential, controlling, deafening, dominant, dominating, dynamic, effective, effectual, efficacious, empowered,… … Law dictionary
powerful — c.1400, from POWER (Cf. power) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Powerfully … Etymology dictionary
powerful — [adj] strong, effective able, allpowerful, almighty, authoritarian, authoritative, capable, cogent, commanding, compelling, competent, controlling, convincing, dominant, dynamic, effectual, efficacious, energetic, forceful, forcible, impressive,… … New thesaurus
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powerful — [pou′ər fəl] adj. having much power; strong or influential adv. Dial. very powerfully adv. powerfulness n … English World dictionary
powerful — [[t]pa͟ʊə(r)fʊl[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED A powerful person or organization is able to control or influence people and events. → See also all powerful You re a powerful man people will listen to you. ...Russia and India, two large, powerful countries … English dictionary
powerful — adjective 1 IMPORTANT a powerful person, organization, group etc is able to control and influence events and other people s actions: The president is the most powerful man in America and probably the world. | a powerful consortium of European… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
powerful — pow|er|ful [ paurfl ] adjective *** 1. ) able to influence or control what people do or think: The powerful farm lobby is pressuring Congress to change the law. Recent events are a powerful argument for gun control. a powerful man ─ opposite WEAK … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English