Definition of Power by Merriam-Webster

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Noun

She is from a very wealthy family with a lot of social power.

The company abused its power, forcing workers to work overtime without pay.

The company was almost destroyed in a power struggle between its two founders.

After the emperor died, power passed to his eldest son.

the peaceful transfer of power to the newly elected president

The president was removed from power in the recent uprising.

The new government has taken power.

The rebels rose to power several years ago.

A small company with only a few products has grown to become a power in the industry.

Our state is now the region’s leading economic power.

Verb

The running back powered through the defensive line.

He powered the ball past the goalie.

She powered her way to the finish line.

Adjective

The car comes equipped with power windows.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The chief and the public safety director would still retain the power to issue discipline, but the review board could overrule any disciplinary decision.

Cameron Fields, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021

Regulators have widely blamed the private sector for creating socioeconomic problems that could potentially destabilize society and affect the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s grip on power.

Laura He, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021

The Ohio House has survived the removal of its former leader, Larry Householder who is accused of trading a $1 billion bailout of two nuclear plants in northern Ohio for power.

Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 17 Aug. 2021

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But Haqqani and other analysts say the real power lies not with the group’s political leadership, but with its religious authorities, especially supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada.

BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2021

Who knows but this matchup is loaded with star power – James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony with the Lakers and Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden with the Nets.

Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021

By contrast, Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, with smaller numbers, less sophisticated weaponry and no air power, proved a superior force.

Robert Burns, ajc, 17 Aug. 2021

The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the U.S. was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war.

Fox News, 17 Aug. 2021

By contrast, Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, with smaller numbers, less sophisticated weaponry and no air power, proved a superior force.

Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Aug. 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stack sandbags around the house, move cars to the church parking lot before streets turn into streams and get ready to power wash sewage water off the pavement.

Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2021

Founded in 2008, GreenLight got started in the RNA field around the same time as Moderna and BioNTech, companies whose technologies now power two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2021

Bitcoin is shockingly inefficient—an absurd amount of energy (approximately that consumed by the entire country of Sweden) is required to power a network capable of only seven transactions per second.

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The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021

In Round One on Monday, Ledecky took the early lead in the 400 free, only for Titmus to pull even with her with about 75 meters to go and power home.

Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2021

Schedule the Smart Power Strip to automatically power electronics on and off as needed, like setting lights to come on at dusk or turn off at sunrise.

Maren Estrada, BGR, 1 Apr. 2021

Bonnie Frost scored four goals to power the North to a 6-1 victory over the South at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex on Wednesday during AHSAA All-Star Sports Week girls soccer.

Al.com Reports, al, 22 July 2021

The passengers all have to complete a 14-hour training session set to wrap up on Monday, including emergency features of the spacecraft, which includes an ejection system to power the capsule to safety in the event of an anomaly.

Doug Cameron, WSJ, 19 July 2021

Stopping to charge for a half-hour every now and then on a road trip lessens the pressure to just power through to your destination.

Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Currently, only a handful of states allow securitization, while some are actively using it to transition from coal to clean-power plants.

Jakob Puckett, National Review, 28 May 2021

In the past decade, these teams from non-power conferences have made the Final Four: Loyola Chicago (Missouri Valley, 2018); Gonzaga (2017); Wichita State (Missouri Valley, 2013); VCU (Colonial, 2011); Butler (Horizon, 2010-11).

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Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2021

For the third time in as many games Richard Pitino’s Gophers found themselves being outplayed during one half at home against a non-power conference opponent this season.

Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020

Colorado State, Boise State and San Diego State are projected to make the NCAA tournament, which would be the most teams from a non-power conference, per ESPN.

Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 28 Jan. 2021

To co-power community leaders and organizational partners to fundamentally transform the culture in which decision making occurs.

USA Today, 31 Aug. 2020

Non-power five schools receive hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $1 million from guarantee games to fund their athletic departments.

From Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 July 2020

The sarcastic, whomping Fountains Of Wayne and lithe and buzzy Tinted Windows were fundamentally power pop, while Ivy combined cool Eurolounge with sad hints of Burt Bacharach.

Marc Hirsh, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘power.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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