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power

noun (OFFICIAL RIGHT)    /paʊər/ US  /paʊɚ/
[U] an official or legal right to do something: [+ to infinitive] I'd like to help but I don't have the power to intervene in this dispute . It's not in your power to cancel the order . I can't give you a refund - I'm afraid it's not within my power.Court cases, orders and decisions powers [plural] authority : You were acting beyond your powers when you agreed to give her a pay rise . Visitors to the city are respectfully reminded of the council's powers to remove illegally parked vehicles .Power to control
(Definition of power noun (OFFICIAL RIGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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