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poeir, from poeir
'to be able'
the ability or right to control people or events
We all felt that the chairman had too much power.
People should have more power over the decisions that affect their lives.
of the US
Workers had little
balance of power
between management and unions
He was engaged in a bitter
with the director
a situation in which groups or leaders try to get control
Nothing will change until there are more women in
positions of power.
The bishops had almost
by unelected civil servants
which they have and use
the position of having political control of a country or government
The dictator had been in power for seven years.
the party in power
come/rise to power
start having political control
De Gaulle came to power in 1958.
in a military coup.
the ability to influence people or give them strong feelings
the power of his writing
the immense power of television
ability to attract people or attention
of major celebrities
student/black/consumer etc power
the political or social influence a particular group has
uncountable and countable
the right or authority to do something
The police have been given special powers to help them in the fight against terrorism.
power to do something
The committee has the power to order an enquiry.
power of arrest/veto etc
The chairman has the power of veto on all decisions.
uncountable and countable
a natural or special ability to do something
After the accident she lost the
power of speech
ability to speak
powers of observation/concentration/persuasion
a writer's powers of observation
your mental powers
a stone with magical powers
energy that can be used to make a machine work or to make electricity
nuclear/wind/solar etc power
Many people are opposed to the use of nuclear power.
the search for renewable
sources of power
The ship was able to leave port
under its own power
without help from another machine, ship etc
earning/purchasing/bargaining etc power
the ability to earn money, buy things etc
Property in the city is beyond the purchasing power of most people.
your bargaining power in pay negotiations
the physical strength or effect of something
the power of a cheetah's long legs
The power of the explosion smashed windows across the street.
electricity that is used in houses, factories etc
Make sure the power is switched off first.
a short time when the electricity supply is not working
Parts of the country have had power cuts because of the storms.
The power came back on.
the number of planes or ships that a country has available to use in a war
a country that is strong and important and can influence events, or that has a lot of military strength
Egypt is still a major power in the Middle East.
a country that can influence events in different parts of the world
be in/within somebody's power (to do something)
if it is in someone's power to do something, they have the authority or ability to do it
I wish it was within my power to change the decision.
do everything/all in your power
The ambassador promised to do everything in his power to get the hostages released.
be beyond somebody's power (to do something)
if it is beyond someone's power to do something, they do not have the authority or ability to do it
It's beyond the power of the court to make such a decision.
be in somebody's power
to be in a situation in which someone has complete control over you
do somebody a power of good
to make someone feel more healthy, happy, and hopeful about the future
It looks as if your holiday has done you a power of good.
if a number is increased to the power of three, four, five etc, it is multiplied by itself three, four, five etc times
the powers that be
the unknown people who have important positions of authority and power, and whose decisions affect your life
The powers that be don't want the media to get hold of the story.
the ability of a
, for example in a pair of
, to make things look bigger
the powers of good/evil/darkness
unknown or magical forces that people believe can influence events in a good or evil way
a power in the land
someone who has a lot of power and influence in a country
the power behind the throne
someone who secretly controls and influences decisions made by the leader or government of a country, but who does not have an official government position
if you are on a power trip, you are enjoying your power or authority in a way that other people think is unpleasant
balance of power
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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