Definition 2024


in power


Prepositional phrase

in power

  1. (politics) Currently ruling; being the present controlling authority, as of a government or country.
    He's now in power at City Hall.
    The party in power here is always the Democrats.

Usage notes

  • This expression is ordinarily used to refer specifically to possession of political power. The term in charge is used more broadly, to refer to possession of any position of decision-making authority.

Related terms

  • out of power
  • into power
  • from power