power

power
pow|er1 [ `pauər ] noun ***
▸ 1 ability to influence/do
▸ 2 political/legal control
▸ 3 physical force/strength
▸ 4 energy/electricity
▸ 5 in mathematics
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) uncount the ability to influence or control what people do or think:
Power within the company is divided between the directors and the shareholders.
the power of television advertising
power over: Her parents still have a lot of power over her.
power struggle (=an attempt by each of two people or groups to get control): a power struggle within the party
a ) uncount the ability to achieve something or make something happen:
purchasing/bargaining/earning power
beyond/outside your power: I had always believed such an achievement was beyond my power.
do everything in/within your power: Willis did everything within his power for his client.
b ) count or uncount a natural or unusual ability for doing something:
He has amazing powers of concentration.
the power to do something: Some people believed Rashad had the power to perform miracles.
2. ) count or uncount political control of a country or government:
The plan aims to strengthen presidential powers.
be in power: The ruling Social Democratic party has been in power for ten years.
seize power: Later that year, the generals seized power in a bloody coup.
a ) count or uncount official or legal authority to do something:
An appellate court has power to overturn the lower court's decision.
exercise your power (=use your authority): Under the dictatorship, the army was allowed to exercise vast powers.
abuse your power (=use your authority in a bad way): Local officials were found to be abusing their power.
b ) count a country that is able to influence other countries because of its economic or military strength:
China has emerged as a major economic power in Asia.
3. ) uncount physical force or strength:
The boy was thrown backward against a tree by the power of the blast.
the power of the crocodile's jaws
a ) the ability of a machine or vehicle to operate quickly and effectively:
I'm going to need a computer with more power.
4. ) uncount energy obtained from oil, coal, the sun, etc., used for operating equipment and machines:
solar power
a ) the supply of electricity to your home, office, community, etc.:
A wind generator provides power to the farm.
a power outage (=a situation in which there is no electricity): The power outage caused by the ice storm lasted 24 hours.
5. ) count used in mathematics for saying how many times you multiply a number by itself. For example 10 to the power of 3 means 10x10x10.
more power to someone SPOKEN
used for telling someone to do what they want, even though you doubt whether they can or should do it:
If you want to go to Peru alone, more power to you.
the powers that be
the people who control a situation. This expression usually shows that you do not agree with their decisions:
The powers that be have canceled the show.
=> POWER OF ATTORNEY, POWER TRIP
power
pow|er 2 [ `pauər ] verb
1. ) transitive to give a machine or vehicle power:
a new vehicle powered by fuel cells
2. ) intransitive power through/past MAINLY JOURNALISM to move very quickly, so that you defeat others:
She powered through the last lap of the race.
power
pow|er 3 [ `pauər ] adjective
1. ) operated by electricity or by a motor:
a power drill
2. ) OFTEN HUMOROUS relating to or involving important business people or deals:
She's gone to some power lunch to discuss the deal.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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