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powerful

[ pou-er-fuhl ]
/ ˈpaʊ ər fəl /
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adjective

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Origin of powerful

First recorded in 1350–1400, powerful is from the Middle English word powarfull.See power, -ful

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1. Powerful, mighty, potent suggest great force or strength. Powerful suggests capability of exerting great force or overcoming strong resistance: a powerful machine like a bulldozer. Mighty, now chiefly rhetorical, implies uncommon or overwhelming strength of power: a mighty army. Potent implies great natural or inherent power: a potent influence.

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British Dictionary definitions for powerful

powerful
/ (ˈpaʊəfʊl) /

adjective

having great power, force, potency, or effect
extremely effective or efficient in actiona powerful drug; a powerful lens
dialect large or greata powerful amount of trouble

adverb

dialect extremely; veryhe ran powerful fast

Derived forms of powerful

powerfully, adverbpowerfulness, noun
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