power


power
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noun
1 authority/control
ADJECTIVE
absolute, ultimate
considerable, enormous, tremendous
real

The emperor held no real power.

limited
arbitrary
economic, legal, legislative, political
corporate
executive

He sits on the board but has no executive power.

veto
popular
secular
federal
imperial
higher

belief in a higher power

VERB + POWER
come to, rise to

When did this government come to power?

assume, gain, get, seize, take

The prince assumed power in his father's place.

return to
restore sb to, return sb to
have, hold

The court has no power to order a psychiatric examination of the child's parents.

They held power for 18 years.

share
exercise, use, wield
demonstrate, show
abuse
confer, give sb, grant sb

certain powers that were granted to the government

limit
lack
fall from, lose

They fell from power in 1992.

give up, relinquish, renounce
delegate, devolve (esp. BrE)

Some states delegate police power to municipalities.

POWER + VERB
be concentrated in (the hands of sb/sth), flow from sb/sth, lie with sb/sth, rest with sb/sth

The real legislative power still rests with the lower chamber.

POWER + NOUN
struggle

Who will get the upper hand in this power struggle?

relations, structure
base

The party's power base is in the industrial north of the country.

broker
PREPOSITION
in power

the party in power

in sb's power

They held us in their power.

power of

the power of veto

power over

The government has limited legal powers over television.

PHRASES
abuse of power
the balance of power

The war brought about a shift in the balance of power.

a bid for power
the exercise of power
a position of power

the father's position of power and influence in the home

the power behind the throne (= the person who is really in control)

People say that the First Lady is the power behind the throne.

a transfer of power

the transfer of power from a military to a civilian government

2 ability to do sth
ADJECTIVE
air, combat, military, naval, sea (esp. BrE)

an increase in China's air power

fire

weapons with enormous fire power

bargaining
computing, processing
healing

the healing power of sleep

buying, earning, purchasing
staying

Having served in four governments, he has the greatest staying power of any politician today.

special
magic, magical, mystical, psychic, supernatural

They believe he has supernatural powers.

VERB + POWER
have, possess
use
develop
increase, limit, reduce
lack
lose

Religion is rapidly losing its power to shape our lives.

underestimate

Don't underestimate my powers of persuasion.

PREPOSITION
beyond sb/sth's power

a task still beyond any computer's power

in sb's power, within sb's power

I'm afraid it's not within my power to help you.

through the power of

He wants to change the world through the power of prayer.

powers as

a tribute to his powers as a teacher

power of

her powers of observation

I lost my power of speech for a while after the accident.

PHRASES
at the height of your powers, at the peak of your powers, at the zenith of your powers

In 1946 Dalí was at the peak of his powers.

do all in your power, do everything in your power

He did everything in his power to find us somewhere to live.

3 country with influence
ADJECTIVE
great, major
world
foreign
allied, enemy
occupying
victorious
European, Western, etc.

major European powers such as France and Germany

colonial, imperial, industrial, naval
4 force/strength
ADJECTIVE
awesome, great, real, tremendous

It was a performance of great power.

raw

the raw power of their music

destructive, terrible

the destructive power of a hurricane

star (esp. AmE)

She exudes star power whenever she's on screen.

5 energy
ADJECTIVE
full

The plane was still climbing at full power.

reduced

The transmitter is operating on reduced power.

electric, electrical, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, steam, tidal, water, wind
VERB + POWER
generate, produce

They use these streams to generate power for the mill.

provide (sb/sth with), supply (sb/sth with)

This wheel provides the power to the cutting machine.

use
harness
turn on
cut off, turn off
POWER + VERB
drive sth, run sth

Wind power is used to drive the machinery.

go off, go out (esp. AmE)

She was in the elevator when the power went off.

POWER + NOUN
cable, grid, line, point (BrE), source, supply, system
tool

Power tools make many jobs so much easier.

plant, station (BrE)
worker
cut (BrE), failure, outage (AmE)
consumption
PREPOSITION
power for

The generator supplies power for lighting,

PHRASES
a source of power
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verb
Power is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑motor
Power is used with these nouns as the object: ↑automobile, ↑engine, ↑generator, ↑machine, ↑mill, ↑motor

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