powerful

adjective
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Space Launch System rocket is the most powerful ever built for NASA, a gargantuan booster that will generate 8.8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, enough to propel Orion crew ships into lunar orbit. William Harwood, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2022 This is transmedia convergence at its most powerful, coherent and cohesive in design, theme and intention — a feat that challenges even behemoths like Disney and Marvel. Gene Park, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Irsay starts listing famous people — rich, popular, powerful, human — who have succumbed to mental health disorders, addiction or otherwise. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2022 Over the past year or so, however, some AI researchers have begun building and releasing powerful tools for anyone to use. Will Knight, WIRED, 21 Sep. 2022 Many of these applications of topological data analysis are only possible because of powerful new computational tools. Kelsey Houston-edwards, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2022 The sense that Russia is less powerful, more distracted, and less trustworthy as an ally also seems to be seeping into a number of the former Soviet republics where Mr. Putin had hoped to spread Russia’s revived great-power influence. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2022 While Maris was expected to talk every day by the then-powerful Baseball Writers Association of America, Judge is largely sheltered. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 21 Sep. 2022 First, and perhaps most powerful: Hope drives action. Rachel Goslins, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'powerful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of powerful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About powerful

Time Traveler for powerful

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near powerful

power forward

powerful

powerfully

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for powerful

Last Updated

29 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Powerful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerful. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for powerful

powerful

adjective
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

More from Merriam-Webster on powerful

Nglish: Translation of powerful for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of powerful for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!