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Meaning of “power” - Learner’s Dictionary

power

noun     /paʊər/
CONTROL [U] B2 control or influence over people and events: He likes to have power over people.Power to control
POLITICS [U] B2 political control in a country: They have been in power too long. When did this government come to power (= start to control the country)?Power to controlRuling and governing
ENERGY [U] B1 energy, usually electricity, that is used to provide light, heat, etc: nuclear power Turn off the power at the main switch.Electricity and electronicsEnergy, force and powerPower and intensity
COUNTRY [C] a country that has a lot of influence over others: a major world powerDiplomacy and mediation
OFFICIAL RIGHT [C, U] an official or legal right to do something: [+ to do sth] It's not in my power to stop him publishing this book.Power to control
STRENGTH [U] strength or force: economic/military power Power and intensityEnergy, force and power
ABILITY [U] a natural ability: to lose the power of speechSkill, talent and ability
do everything in your power to do sth to do everything that you are able and allowed to do: I've done everything in my power to help him.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
the powers that be important people who have authority over others →  See also balance of power People in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors
(Definition of power noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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