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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Again, just showing up can be really powerful mentally. 8. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 Encrypted M-code signals will be up to eight times more powerful than current systems. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 All of this to say that the fashion meme is more powerful than ever right now. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Björn and Pope Rihanna: 14 Memes That Synthesized the Biggest Fashion Moments of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 If appointed to the Supreme Court, few men would be more powerful than Judge Kavanaugh. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "1,600 Men Show Their Support for Christine Blasey Ford in Full-Page New York Times Ad," 26 Sep. 2018 Both White and Cline suggest investing in a filtering system that can be connected directly to your shower pipe (more powerful ones can be placed at your home’s water source). Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Why Your Shower Is Wrecking Your Hair," 19 Dec. 2018 The military’s primary launch provider, the United Launch Alliance, is planning to launch its most powerful vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry," 18 Dec. 2018 Mainstream parties that have dominated Germany since World War II took a beating, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right, weakening Europe’s most powerful leader. WSJ, "Year of Living Dangerously With Friends and Foes," 17 Dec. 2018 This change in climate has been blamed for the simultaneous extinctions of a number of marine megafauna species, including the largest and most powerful predator to have ever lived—the megalodon. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 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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