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[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
1860-65; man1 + power Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We'll have to begin by expending a lot of manpower locating the illegal aliens, both in their homes and workplaces.
  • We've conspired to create an inflation in available manpower with degrees of doubtful value in the workplace.
  • Doing this type of work, however, on such a large scale is a huge undertaking requiring a substantial amount of manpower.
  • Going forward, zoos must actually put funds and manpower into both research and saving habitat in the wild all over the world.
  • Pulling animals out of the wild and into pens requires a hefty amount of technology and manpower.
  • Of course that might be now, before any money, equipment and manpower is expended.
  • Guarding that fuel requires a lot of manpower and long convoys that make inviting targets for insurgents.
  • As manpower declines and overtime shrinks, the general level of morale can be easily guessed.
  • Discusses the conflicting interests and the manpower required to treat infested trees.
  • Five years ago, when you got tired of worrying about military manpower problems, you could worry about readiness.
British Dictionary definitions for manpower


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 function: the manpower of a battalion
Usage note
Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for manpower

1855, from man (n.) + power (n.). Proposed in 1824 as a specific unit of measure of power.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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