pow·​er·​ful ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl How to pronounce powerful (audio)
: having great power, prestige, or influence
a powerful leader
: leading to many or important deductions
a powerful set of postulates

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The most powerful brakes ever fitted to a Hyundai integrate massive 40-cm front rotors and 36-cm rear rotors. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2024 Stephanie Cohen, once one of the most powerful women at Goldman, left in March and is currently chief strategy officer of Cloudflare. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for powerful 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of powerful was in the 15th century

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“Powerful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerful. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pow·​er·​ful ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl How to pronounce powerful (audio)
: full of or having power or influence : strong, effective
powerfully adverb

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