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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But unlike traditional bits, which can take one of two values (on/off, or 1 or 0), qubits can exist in a combination of two states at the same time, allowing for greater digital brainpower. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Approaching Quantum Supremacy," 15 Jan. 2019 Rules rarely allow for the hiring of outside brainpower, such as urban planners or financial experts. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 Barrett aims the hackathon to demonstrate that Cincinnati can draw upon a broad spectrum of brainpower to push the frontiers of cancer. Anne Saker,, "Hackathon at UC focuses on cancer research; one possible solution won a $100,000 prize," 12 June 2019 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

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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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