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powerful

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adjective pow·er·ful \ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl\

Simple Definition of powerful

  • : having the ability to control or influence people or things

  • : having a strong effect on someone or something

  • : having or producing a lot of physical strength or force

Full Definition of powerful

  1. 1 :  having great power, prestige, or influence <a powerful leader>

  2. 2 :  leading to many or important deductions <a powerful set of postulates>

pow·er·ful·ly play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of powerful

  1. The country is becoming more and more powerful.

  2. powerful drugs that attack cancer cells

  3. The cash bonus provides a powerful incentive to workers.

  4. The perfume has a powerful smell.

  5. It's a very powerful movie.

  6. The dog has a powerful body.

  7. She has a powerful voice.

  8. The weapons are very powerful.

  9. The aardvark uses its powerful claws to dig for food.



15th Century

First Known Use of powerful

15th century



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