Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

French translation of “power”

See all translations

power

noun /ˈpauə/
(an) ability
pouvoir, faculté
A witch has magic power A cat has the power of seeing in the dark He no longer has the power to walk.
strength, force or energy
puissance
muscle power water power (also adjective) a power tool (=a tool operated by electricity etc. not by hand).
authority or control
pouvoir
political groups fighting for power How much power does the Queen have? I have him in my power at last
a right belonging to eg a person in authority
pouvoir
The police have the power of arrest.
a person with great authority or influence
personne influente
He is quite a power in the town.
a strong and influential country
puissance
the Western powers.
the result obtained by multiplying a number by itself a given number of times
puissance
2  2  2 or 23 is the third power of 2, or 2 to the power of 3.
powered adjective supplied with mechanical power
actionné (mécaniquement, électriquement…)
The machine is powered by electricity an electrically-powered machine.
powerful adjective having great strength, influence etc
puissant
a powerful engine He’s powerful in local politics.
powerfully adverb
puissamment
powerfulness noun
puissance
powerless adjective having no power
impuissant
The king was powerless to prevent the execution.
powerlessness noun
impuissance
power cut/failure a break in the electricity supply
panne de courant
We had a power cut last night.
power-driven adjective worked by electricity or other mechanical means, not by hand
à moteur
power-driven machinery.
power point a socket on a wall etc into which an electric plug can be fitted.
prise de courant
power station a building where electricity is produced
centrale électrique
a nuclear power station.
be in power (of a political party) to be the governing party
être au pouvoir
The National Party is currently in power.
(Definition of power from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More translations of “power” in French

Definitions of “power” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More