powerful

adjective
pow·​er·​ful | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl \

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

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Other Words from powerful

powerfully \ ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​f(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of powerful in a Sentence

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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The compact diesel's also powerful: 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Diesel Truck Battle (Non-HD): F-150 Diesel Vs. Nissan Titan XD," 25 Jan. 2019 The praise was tempered by one powerful critique that cut through the hype. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Other powerful women in the field have used their influence to pull women up the ranks. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 Those processes include bombardment by meteoroids and charged particles from Jupiter's powerful radiation belts. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Now, Feinstein faces a legacy-defining moment as one of the most powerful women in the country and the first to hold several prominent posts. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 Once Kim did find out where Nagini's story led, that made the part all the more powerful to her. Lilli Millhiser, Glamour, "Everyone Is Going to Be Talking About Fantastic Beasts Actress Claudia Kim," 14 Nov. 2018 And the flip side to all this chipping away at people power, which is the vast expansion of the rights of the powerful. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 In this manner John McCain 's name became synonymous with an America that reached out to oblige the powerful to be loyal and give hope to the oppressed. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of powerful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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powerful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of powerful

: 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

adjective
pow·​er·​ful | \ ˈpau̇-ər-fəl \

Kids Definition of powerful

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

Other Words from powerful

powerfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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