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English definition of “power”


noun [C] (PERSON WITH CONTROL)    /paʊər/ US  /paʊɚ/
C1 a person, organization, or country that has control over others, often because of wealth, importance, or great military strength: Spain was an important military power in the 16th century. Germany is on its way to becoming a world power with a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. She is an increasingly important power in the company.People in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors
(Definition of power noun (PERSON WITH CONTROL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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