Definition of powerful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpaʊəfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊərfl//
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  1. 1  (of people) being able to control and influence people and events synonym influential an immensely powerful organization one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood a rich and powerful man Only the intervention of powerful friends obtained her release.
  2. 2  having great power or force; very effective powerful weapons a powerful engine a powerful voice a powerful telescope I traded my computer in for a more powerful model.
  3. 3  having a strong effect on your mind or body a powerful image/drug/speech Television may have a powerful influence on children. Fear is a powerful emotion. There is a powerful argument for changing the law.
  4. 4  (of a person or an animal) physically strong synonym muscular a powerful body a powerful athlete
  5. Extra examples a politically powerful figure locally powerful landowners He is one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood. He was lithe and powerful as an athlete. He was the most powerful man in the country after the king. It is a country where religious leaders are often more powerful than politicians. This extremist movement has become increasingly powerful in recent years. When she trots she covers ground like a powerful horse rather than a pony. Why are there still so few women in politically powerful positions?
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