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Definition of power verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they power
    he / she / it powers
    past simple powered
    -ing form powering
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    supply energy
  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] power something to supply a machine or vehicle with the energy that makes it work The aircraft is powered by a jet engine. The plant generates enough energy to power a town of 6 000 people. The mill's machinery is powered by waterwheels.
  2. move quickly
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move or move something very quickly and with great power in a particular direction + adv./prep. He powered through the water. power something + adv./prep. She powered her way into the lead. He powered the ball into the basket.
  4. Phrasal Verbspower downpower somethingup
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