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English Phrasal Verbs with “Power”

October 12, 2018

English Phrasal Verbs with “Power”

In English, we use the word power in many ways. Power is a noun to describe strength (for example, “With his job, he has the power to make many decisions”). To power is also a verb meaning to “to give something energy”: for example, “This generator powers the city.”

Power is also commonly used with many phrasal verbs. How many of these phrasal verbs with power do you know?

Phrasal Verbs with “Power”

Power down

Definition: To cut the electrical supply to a computer or other device.

Example: Did you power down your computer before you left the office?

Example: I just have to power down my equipment and then we can go.

Power off

Definition: To cut the electrical supply to a computer or other device.

Example: They powered off their devices when they took their seats on the plane.

Example: Please power off your devices before the presentation begins.

Power on

Definition: To turn on an electrical device.

Example: Press this button to power on your headset.

Example: I don’t know how to power on my new tablet.

Power through

Definition: To continue doing something, even if it is difficult, until the end.

Example: We only have two more chapters to read. Let’s power through and finish tonight.  

Example: The report was difficult to write, but I powered through.

Power up

Definition: To turn on a computer or other device.

Example: I just have to power up my computer and then we can start the meeting.

Example: While my computer is powering up, let’s discuss the agenda for today.

Transitive or intransitive?

Phrasal verbs can be transitive or intransitive. Transitive phrasal verbs take an object; intransitive verbs do not.

Which of the phrasal verbs are transitive from our list of phrasal verbs with power?

Power down

Transitive.

Example: Did you power down your computer before you left the office?

Power off

Transitive.

Example: They powered off their devices when they took their seats on the plane.

Power on

Transitive.

Example: Press this button to power on your headset.

Power through

Intransitive.

Example: We only have two more chapters to read. Let’s power through and finish tonight.  

Power up

Transitive.

Example: I just have to power up my computer and then we can start the meeting.

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