[ man-pou-er ]
/ ˈmænˌpaʊ ər /


power in terms of people available or required for work or military service: the manpower of a country.

Origin of manpower

First recorded in 1860–65; man1 + power Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manpower

/ (ˈmænˌpaʊə) /


power supplied by men
a unit of power based on the rate at which a man can work; approximately 75 watts
the number of people available or required to perform a particular functionthe manpower of a battalion

usage for manpower

Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff
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