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power

Synonyms of power in English:

noun

  • 1 my mother suffered a stroke and lost the power of speech I'll do everything within my power to help
    [Antonyms] inability, incapacity
  • 2 the unions wield enormous power in party affairs
    informal clout, pull, beef, teeth
    North American informal drag
    literary puissance
  • 3 police do not have the power to stop and search
  • 4 in the eighteenth century Russia became a major European power
  • 5 he hit the ball with as much power as he could the sheer physical power of the man
    informal punch
    British informal welly
    literary thew
  • 6 the power of his arguments
    [Antonyms] weakness, impotence
  • 7 the new engine has more power
    driving force, horsepower, hp, acceleration
    informal poke, oomph
    North American informal grunt
  • 8 generating power from waste
    informal juice
  • 9 informal the holiday in Tenerife did him a power of good
    a great deal of, a lot of, much
    informal lots of, loads of, heaps of, masses of, tons of
    dated a deal of
  • Phrases

    have someone in/under one's power

    1
    have control over, have influence over, have under one's thumb, have at one's mercy, have in one's clutches, have in the palm of one's hand, have eating out of one's hand, have on a string, have one's claws into;
    North American have in one's hip pocket
    informal have over a barrel

    the powers that be

    2
    the powers that be did nothing to diffuse the situation
    the authorities, the people in charge, the establishment, the government, the administration, the men in (grey) suits

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