Share this entry
American English: /ˈpaʊ(ə)r/
British English: /ˈpaʊə/

Translation of power in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (control, influence) 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 somebody/something
    poder sobre alguien/algo
    (before noun) (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 (over country, nation) 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.
    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.
    1.3 uncountable or countable (official authority) power to + infinitive
    poder para + infinitive
    they have no power to intervene
    no tienen poder para intervenir
    special powers
    poderes extraordinarios
    power of 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 2.1 (nation) 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
  • 4 4.1 uncountable (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) he lost the power of sight/hearing/speech
    perdió la vista/el oído/el habla
    power(s) of concentration
    capacidad (feminine) de concentración
    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 5.1 (Mechanics, Physics)
    (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) power brakes
    servofrenos (masculine plural)
    power saw
    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.
    5.2 (electricity) to turn the power on/off
    conectar/cortar la electricidad
    power grid (esp British English)
    red (feminine) eléctrica
    power workers (British English)
    trabajadores (masculine plural) del sector eléctrico
  • 6 uncountable (Mathematics) 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]to do somebody a power of good
    hacerle a alguien 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

  • 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
    a or de vapor
    nuclear-powered submarine
    submarino (masculine) nuclear
    Example sentences
    • A particular growth area for the company continues to be the production of seal rings for turbo chargers in diesel powered engines.
    • Chips are cut out of wafers, and are used to power electronics devices such as cell phones.
    • ‘In fact the school pays for the electricity that powers the machines, with no return,’ she adds.

intransitive verb

  • (move rapidly) [colloquial] (+ adverb complement) we were powering along the highway
    íbamos disparados por la carretera [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Crawford was slow out of his blocks but powered round the bend to lead Williams by a fraction as they entered the final 100m.
    • Thrashing my way along, this guy powered past me, turbulence all round, power-boat wake.
    • The Texan was the world's one-lap maestro and looks as relaxed in the studio as he was powering round the track.
    Example sentences
    • Northampton then could only clear a MacKenzie free kick as far as Corden who powered a low shot through a forest of legs and into Rachubka's midriff.
    • Ramos bravely powered the ball goalwards with a header only for Stekelenburg to palm away to safety.
    • Locke powered the ball into the line, while Devine used his speed to run the ball to the outside.

Phrasal verbs

power up

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb
prender (Latin America)
Definition of power in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score: