powerful

adjective pow·er·ful \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of powerful

1 : having great power, prestige, or influence
  • a powerful leader
2 : leading to many or important deductions
  • a powerful set of postulates

powerfully

play \ˈpau̇(-ə)r-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of powerful in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of powerful from the Web

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First Known Use of powerful

15th century


POWERFUL Defined for English Language Learners

powerful

adjective

Definition of powerful for English Language Learners

  • : 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


POWERFUL Defined for Kids

powerful

adjective pow·er·ful \ ˈpau̇-ər-fəl \

Definition of powerful for Students

: full of or having power, strength, or influence
  • powerful magnets
  • a powerful speech

powerfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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