- a powerful leader
- a powerful set of postulates
The country is becoming more and more powerful.
powerful drugs that attack cancer cells
The cash bonus provides a powerful incentive to workers.
The perfume has a powerful smell.
It's a very powerful movie.
The dog has a powerful body.
She has a powerful voice.
The weapons are very powerful.
The aardvark uses its powerful claws to dig for food.
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: 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
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