brain·​pow·​er | \ ˈbrān-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce brainpower (audio) \

Definition of brainpower

1 : intellectual ability
2 : people with developed intellectual ability

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Examples of brainpower in a Sentence

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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No other mammal has the brainpower to organize capital punishment. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 Home to some of the nation’s greatest universities, the brainpower of the Boston metropolitan area has been a boon to the region. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Critics argue that taxing endowments would undermine the brainpower engine that gives Massachusetts a competitive advantage. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Tax the Ivory Tower," 7 Oct. 2018 Did our ancestors need more brainpower to cope with the environment, such as finding and storing food? Washington Post, "Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big," 23 May 2018 Yes, a study has found that drinking tea boosts creative brainpower as well as helping to put people in a good mood. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "A nice cup of tea makes you more creative, study finds," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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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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