Synonyms of 'power'
1 controlDictionary, authority, influencewomen who have reached positions of great power and influence
The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.
He has no natural authority.
As he grew older, she had less influence and couldn't control him.
the struggle for command of the air
Britain's concern to protect national sovereignty is far from new.
How can mothers keep daughters under their sway?
They're unpopular for their dominance over the community.
They had five centuries of domination by the Romans.
The president asserted his supremacy over the prime minister.
a region where humans have gained mastery over the major rivers
They believe they have dominion over us.
The extremists are gaining ascendancy.
mana (New Zealand)
a leader of great mana and influence
2 abilityDictionary, capacity, facultyHe was so drunk that he had lost the power of speech.
No one had faith in his ability to do the job.
Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited.
A faculty for self-preservation is necessary when you have friends like hers.
The boy has potential.
These tasks are far beyond her capabilities.
I regard him as a man of integrity and high professional competence.
3 authorityDictionary, right, licenceThe Prime Minister has the power to dismiss senior ministers.
The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
a woman's right to choose
The curfew gave the police licence to hunt people as if they were animals.
The ancient powers and privileges of the House of Commons.
Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
I thought it was a woman's prerogative to change her mind?
a request for authorization to use military force
4 strengthDictionary, might, energyHe had no power in his left arm.
He was surprised at the strength of his own feeling.
The might of the army could prove a decisive factor.
He was saving his energy for the big race in Belgium.
That argument no longer carries much weight.
The team showed more muscle than mental application.
He lacks the vigour of a normal, healthy teenager.
the extraordinary potency of his personality
He's got plenty of brains as well as brawn.
He changed our world through the force of his ideas.
They have their own independence movement which is gathering strength.
The film lacks punch and pace.
His intensity, and the ferocity of his feelings alarmed me.
His remarks have added potency given the current situation.
the eloquence with which he delivered his message
the powers that be
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely – letter]Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess itPower is the great aphrodisiacHere we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell;
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n – Paradise Lost]there is no such thing as revolutionary power, for all power is reactionary by nature [Spanish anarchist slogan]Political power grows out of the barrel of a gunA friend in power is a friend lost – The Education of Henry Adams]The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant – On Liberty]
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If someone has power , they have a lot of control over people and activities.