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high-powered

[hahy-pou-erd] /ˈhaɪˈpaʊ ərd/
adjective
1.
extremely energetic, dynamic, and capable:
high-powered executives.
2.
of a forceful and driving character:
high-powered selling techniques.
3.
capable of a high degree of magnification:
a high-powered microscope.
4.
very powerful.
Origin of high-powered
1900-1905
1900-05
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British Dictionary definitions for high-powered

high-powered

adjective
1.
(of an optical instrument or lens) having a high magnification: a high-powered telescope
2.
dynamic and energetic; highly capable
3.
possessing great strength, power, etc: a high-powered engine
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Word Origin and History for high-powered
adj.

1903, originally of automobiles, from high (adj.) + power (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for high-powered

high-powered

adjective

Forceful; energetic; high-octane, punchy: George is a real high-powered salesman

[1930s+; used of cars by 1903]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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