powerful

[pou-er-fuh l] /ˈpaʊ ər fəl/
adjective
1.
having or exerting great power or force.
2.
physically strong, as a person:
"a large, powerful athlete."
3.
producing great physical effects, as a machine or a blow.
4.
potent; efficacious:
"a powerful drug."
5.
having great effectiveness, as a speech, speaker, description, reason, etc.
6.
having great power, authority, or influence; mighty:
"a powerful nation."
7.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. great in number or amount:
"a powerful lot of money."
Origin
1350–1400; Middle English powarfull. See power, -ful
Related forms
powerfully, adverb
powerfulness, noun
overpowerful, adjective
overpowerfully, adverb
overpowerfulness, noun
quasi-powerful, adjective
quasi-powerfully, adverb
superpowerful, adjective
ultrapowerful, adjective
unpowerful, adjective
Synonyms
1. forceful, strong. 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. 5. influential, convincing, forcible, cogent, effective.
Antonyms
1. weak.
Example Sentences for powerfully
He connected with his head and the ball diverted powerfully into the roof of the net.
British Dictionary definitions for powerfully
powerful (ˈpaʊəfʊl)
 
adj
1.  having great power, force, potency, or effect
2.  extremely effective or efficient in action: a powerful drug; a powerful lens
3.  dialect large or great: a powerful amount of trouble
 
adv
4.  dialect extremely; very: he ran powerful fast
 
'powerfully
 
adv
 
'powerfulness
 
n

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