brain·pow·er | \ˈbrān-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of brainpower 

1 : intellectual ability

2 : people with developed intellectual ability

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The brainpower of the staff constitutes the company's greatest asset. The product is supposed to boost your brainpower. The company is increasing efforts to recruit scientific brainpower.
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The company was instrumental in Wall Street’s rise as a dominant force in the economy, providing SWAT teams of brainpower to help Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and countless other financial companies adapt and move into new markets. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 This may be why, in Lukas and Clutton-Brock’s analysis, lower levels of relatedness among group members do not appear to be linked just to higher levels of violence but to more brainpower as well. Tim Vernimmen, Scientific American, "Babysitting Mammals Keep It in the Family," 20 June 2018 Effects of this include more energy, stamina and brainpower. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Why You Should Be Eating More Beets," 26 May 2018 The legendary makeup artist was the brainpower behind nearly every modern makeup trend (including modern contouring). Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: See The Trailer for The New Documentary About Legendary Makeup Artist Kevyn Aucoin," 27 June 2018 Perfect for when your time and/or brainpower are limited. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 Tighter restrictions on Chinese students and visitors, for example, could undercut the two-way flow of brainpower between the United States and China. Andrew Kennedy, Washington Post, "Trump takes aim at China’s tech sector. That could hurt U.S. innovation.," 11 June 2018 In California’s Silicon Valley Chinese scientists make up a big share of tech firms’ brainpower. The Economist, "Opening the gatesChinese travellers of all sorts have become ubiquitous," 17 May 2018 That’s an impressive collection of brainpower taking hold in Cleveland as the Moneyball philosophy recedes in the rear-view mirror. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Browns GM John Dorsey may be holding royal flush as NFL's version of poker begins," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of brainpower

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of brainpower

: the ability to think intelligently

: people who are very intelligent

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