pow·​er·​ful | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl How to pronounce powerful (audio) \

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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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 job, one of the most powerful in Europe, involves leading the Union’s most important institution, made up of 28 commissioners, to set the bloc’s policy agenda. Julia Webster, Time, "What to Know About Ursula von der Leyen, the Surprise Choice and First Woman Nominated for One of Europe's Top Jobs," 3 July 2019 Always a powerful, over-the-top live performance from. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Who is a must-see at this year's Forecastle? These Louisville music experts weigh in," 3 July 2019 The Home Max is loud, powerful, and just as capable at handling your Google Assistant queries as other Home speakers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The best 4th of July tech deals we’ve seen so far," 2 July 2019 There are a lot of artists and really powerful, awesome LGBTQ people who people are going to be excited about. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Dan Reynolds and Tegan Quin On How 2019's LOVELOUD Festival Powered by AT&T Will Be Bigger Than Ever," 1 July 2019 Mac power users are concerned that an easy path to bring iPad apps to the Mac will disincentivize developers from delivering the powerful, deep, and full-featured desktop applications those users have enjoyed on the Mac in the past. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs," 1 July 2019 Crawler 2 will carry the emerging Space Launch System, the nation’s most powerful rocket yet, for new journeys to the moon, Mars and beyond. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Before Apollo moon rockets went 24,000 mph, they traveled less than 1 mph on crawler to launch pad," 29 June 2019 Almost $1 billion was promised by some of France's richest and most powerful families and companies, some of whom sought to outbid each other in the hours and days after the inferno. Fox News, "Notre Dame fire may have been caused by cigarette or power failure, investigators say," 26 June 2019 Clitoral vibrators designed solely for external stimulation are typically tinier, still powerful, and even cute in many instances. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Tips for Buying Your Very First Vibrator," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of powerful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


pow·​er·​ful | \ ˈpau̇-ər-fəl How to pronounce powerful (audio) \

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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