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Pronunciation: /ˈpaʊər; ˈpaʊə(r)/

Translation of power in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (control, influence) poder (masculine); (of country) poderío (masculine), poder (masculine) the power of the church el poder de la iglesia sea power made us great el dominio del mar or nuestro poderío marítimo nos hizo grandes real power lies with the military en realidad son los militares los que detentan el poder you are in my power estás or te tengo en mi poder power to the people poder para el pueblo people power poder popular power over sb/sth poder sobre algn/algo (before noun/delante del nombre) [center] de poder
    Example sentences
    • We have the power to influence events if only we are prepared to use it.
    • You have power, prestige and influence and can dictate your terms in professional matters.
    • It is a role of no power, no influence, with no glamour or credit.
    Example sentences
    • The world heroine had rendered her causes morally imperative and essential to national military power.
    • Yes, in conventional terms, the greater military power would win out, but not in guerilla warfare.
    • His greatest strength was recognising the limitations of military power.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable (over country, nation) poder (masculine) to be in power estar* en or ocupar el poder balance of power equilibrio (masculine) de fuerzas to seize power tomar el poder, hacerse* con el poder to come to power llegar* or subir al poder
    Example sentences
    • But that was a revolution which brought the capitalist class to political power.
    • The parliament that emerged from this vote has been as yet unable to form a government and exercises no power.
    • They don't have the economic and social power of government and media figures, that's for sure.
    1.3 u and c (official authority) poder (masculine) power to + infinitive/infinitivo poder para + infinitive/infinitivo they have no power to intervene no tienen poder para intervenir special powers poderes extraordinarios power of veto derecho (masculine) de veto to exceed one's powers excederse en sus ( or mis etc) poderes or atribuciones they were given full powers to … les dieron plenos poderes para … it's beyond his powers no es de su competencia
    Example sentences
    • The Tribunal has no power to delegate to any other body the performance of the duties laid on it by the Act.
    • This ground of challenge may be used where the claimant alleges that there has been an unlawful delegation of power.
    • There has also been a history of judicial reticence when a power is delegated to an elected public body.
  • 2 countable/numerable 2.1 (nation) potencia (feminine) a major industrial/naval power una potencia industrial/naval de primer orden a foreign power una potencia extranjera 2.2 (person, group) he's a power to be reckoned with es una fuerza con la que hay que contar the power behind the throne el poder en la sombra, la eminencia gris the powers that be los que mandan, los que detentan el poder the powers of darkness las fuerzas del mal
    Example sentences
    • The Industrial Revolution ensured military supremacy of the Western powers, whose colonial influence affected most of the Muslim world.
    • After a long trend of consolidation by colonial powers, new countries are declaring their independence.
    • In addition a murky role is being played by certain neighbouring countries and international powers.
  • 4 4.1 uncountable/no numerable (ability, capacity) I did everything in my power hice todo lo que estaba en mi(s) mano(s), hice todo lo que me era posible it doesn't lie within my power no está en mi(s) mano(s) that's beyond my power eso está fuera de mis posibilidades she has the power to see into the future es capaz de predecir el futuro 4.2 (specific faculty) (often plural/frecuentemente plural) he lost the power of sight/hearing/speech perdió la vista/el oído/el habla power(s) of concentration capacidad (feminine) or poder (masculine) de concentración her power(s) of persuasion su(s) poder(es) de persuasión test your mental powers pon a prueba tu inteligencia or tus facultades mentales her creative/imaginative power(s) su capacidad creativa/imaginativa he was at the height of his power(s) estaba en su mejor momento or en la plenitud de sus facultades
    Example sentences
    • The powers of technology harnessed with the power of the human mind fused into one supreme being capable of the impossible.
    • He preached a simple, effective message of a common humanity and the power of love.
    • I can use any number of tools, from the powers of composition and imagination to the power of a computer, to make an image be what I want it to be.
  • 5 uncountable/no numerable 5.1 [Mech] [Physics/Física] potencia (feminine); (particular source of energy) energía (feminine) the engine lacks power al motor le falta potencia nuclear/wave/solar power energía nuclear/mareomotriz/solar (before noun/delante del nombre) power brakes servofrenos (masculine plural) power saw motosierra (feminine) (electrical) sierra (feminine) eléctrica 5.2 (electricity) electricidad (feminine) to turn the power on/off conectar/cortar la electricidad power grid (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) red (feminine) eléctrica power workers (British English/inglés británico) trabajadores (masculine plural) del sector eléctrico
    Example sentences
    • Wind power uses the kinetic energy from the wind to turn an electricity-generating turbine.
    • The server has two separate power supplies and two power cables in case one fails or falls out.
    • They are also actively involved in smuggling and looting high-voltage power cables.
    Example sentences
    • Spectral analysis provides a measure of power in the different frequency bands in the EEG.
    • There are two 1.5 watt speakers built in and the unit draws a paltry 20 watts of power.
    • It likes to trumpet its all out speed while ignoring the 130 watts of power and size of the beast.
  • 6 uncountable/no numerable [Mathematics/Matemáticas] potencia (feminine) 10 to the power of 4/of 3 10 (elevado) a la cuarta potencia/al cubo
    Example sentences
    • In 1915 Macaulay discovered the primary decomposition of an ideal in a polynomial ring, which is the analogue of the decomposition of a number into a product of prime powers.
    • We can use arithmetics with different bases, fractions, decimals, logarithms, powers, or simply words.
    • Hensel was interested in the exact power of a prime which divides the discriminant of an algebraic number field.
  • 7 (a lot) [colloquial/familiar] to do sb a power of good hacerle* a algn mucho bien your visit's done him a power of good tu visita le ha hecho mucho bien
    Example sentences
    • There's a power of difference between a monologue and a one-man show.
    • There's a power of men been killed in this Hispaniola — a sight o' poor seamen dead and gone since you and me took ship to Bristol.
    • To be sure there's a power of money made here.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • the plane is powered by four engines el avión tiene cuatro motores, el avión está propulsado por cuatro motores it's powered by electricity funciona con electricidad, es eléctrico steam-powered a or de vapor nuclear-powered submarine submarino (masculine) nuclear

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (move rapidly) [colloquial/familiar] (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) we were powering along the highway íbamos disparados por la carretera [colloquial/familiar]

Phrasal verbs

power up

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb/verbo + adverbio + complemento, verbo + complemento + adverbio
[computer/appliance] encender*, prender (Latin America/América Latina)

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