- extremely energetic, dynamic, and capable: high-powered executives.
- of a forceful and driving character: high-powered selling techniques.
- capable of a high degree of magnification: a high-powered microscope.
- very powerful.
Origin of high-powered
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for high-powered
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Wilkinson: You have a sense of a man who came from the suburbs and is now mixing with high-powered hustlers and businessmen.The ‘American Hustle’ Style Guide
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It was admittedly too high-powered for England; you were across the county in about a minute.Love and Lucy
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The last of her visits was made in a high-powered touring-car.On the Stairs
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And Anna, she flashes them high-powered eyes of hers at me kittenish.The House of Torchy
The muffled purr of a high-powered motor disturbed the silence.El Diablo
- (of an optical instrument or lens) having a high magnificationa high-powered telescope
- dynamic and energetic; highly capable
- possessing great strength, power, etca high-powered engine
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Word Origin and History for high-powered
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