For example, a Jedi is born with powers, but must learn how to control them in order to use them. What's the one best word for this?

I have _ _ _ my power.

The word is in the back of my head but I can't pull it out. It also means to have a full understanding of something.

I _ _ _ the way the world works.

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    Keeping with the nerdiness, how about "grok" =) Feb 25, 2012 at 19:27
  • @jadarnel27 I actually had no idea the word "grok" existed until asking this question. hehe. It's valid, but I'd like a general term so anyone can understand it. So far, I think "harnessed" is the best word.
    – trusktr
    Mar 4, 2012 at 0:30
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    Related to the second part: A word to describe knowing something completely
    – RegDwigнt
    Aug 30, 2012 at 15:38

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You could say that you have harnessed your power. Or, you have unleashed its full potential.

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    No, this is the wrong word. To harness a power is to make use of it for some purpose. It does not imply mastery or full control. For example, solar panels allow us to harness solar energy for electricity.
    – user16269
    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:11
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    @Joe-Pea An hour is way too soon to accept an answer. The person with the right answer might be in bed! Give it a day or two, so that everyone in the community gets to answer and upvote, and the cream can rise to the top.
    – slim
    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:30
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    Learn to wait, the young Padawan must. Harnessed will he have, the full potential of English.SE. Feb 24, 2012 at 10:40
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    @JarrodRoberson This is the first word that came to my mind, and I think that if you have power, but are unable to use it, then once you are able to use it, you have harnessed your potential power.
    – user11550
    Feb 24, 2012 at 15:55
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    Hmm, I'm sorry. Your bolding of control directly beside complete distract's one's eyes.
    – user11550
    Feb 24, 2012 at 16:10

I think "mastered" or "mastery" could be the word you're looking for. Perhaps "fulfilled", especially if you want to say one has fulfilled their potential.

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    For reference, the sentence could be "I have mastered my power" or "I have mastery over my power". Personally, I prefer the second option.
    – John N
    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:25
  • @Hallainzil +1 for the examples, although I personally prefer the first.
    – user14070
    Feb 24, 2012 at 18:33
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    More flowery: I have come into the fullness of my power. Yoda does Heinlein: The way the world works, I now grok in fullness. Feb 25, 2012 at 0:05
  • Although this answer is accurate, I still like "harnessed" better for some reason. "Harnessed" is more in terms of being able to grasp or contain something. "I have learnt how to 'contain' my power in order to use it as I please," or "I have discovered how to grasp my powers in order use them as I please."
    – trusktr
    Mar 4, 2012 at 0:35

Perhaps realize: "He realized his full power."

  • When I hear realize I think more of someone who up to a point didn't realize they had something or could do something. "He realized he could put his car in reverse rather than pushing it". Could just be me though :p
    – Svish
    Feb 24, 2012 at 12:10
  • Yeah, I do as well.
    – Henrik N
    Feb 24, 2012 at 12:39
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    It does legitimately mean taking something potential and making it, er, real ... but yes, it can be ambiguous
    – Useless
    Feb 24, 2012 at 12:58
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    +1: Google Books - "realised/realized his potential", 10,000 results; "mastered his potential", 1 result. Feb 24, 2012 at 14:51
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    +1 as I have seen realized used with exactly that connotation.
    – user14070
    Feb 24, 2012 at 18:34

I think you're looking for the noun command:

I have command of my power.

I have full command of my powers.

I have gained command of my power.


Honed. "I have honed my power".

honed past participle, past tense of hone (Verb)

Verb: Sharpen with a whetstone. Make sharper or more focused or efficient.


Actualized or actualization! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-actualization

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    Words with -ize and -ization are lame excuses blocking the path to better words and true.
    – tchrist
    Feb 24, 2012 at 21:24
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    Could you please elaborate on this hypothesis? The 40 people above who up-voted 'realize' seem to think differently! Feb 27, 2012 at 14:55

The word "channelled" could be used, with the implication that to channel something you must be in complete control of it. For example:

I have channelled my power

A slightly more flowery way to say the same thing is:

I have become one with my power

Also, a term used in computing to mean "to have full and intimate knowledge of" is "grok" (see Wikipedia - Grok), so you could use:

I have grokked my power

Although I would probably advise against using this unless you have a computing-based audience.

  • Just in case anyone didn't realize Scree was joking, Grok is a made up word from Heinlein's Hugo award wining Stranger in a Strange Land.
    – JSWork
    Feb 24, 2012 at 16:47
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    @JSWork actually Grok has been adopted (like so many Sci-Fi terms) by the IT community. As Scree mentioned if you're in a room full of geeks, grok is the PERFECT word to convey the meaning. Feb 24, 2012 at 17:53
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    Grok is more about understanding than controlling.
    – Sam
    Feb 24, 2012 at 23:17
  • I agree with @Sam, although my first thought upon reading the question was also “grok”. But it’s the wrong word here, it means something else. Feb 26, 2012 at 15:15
  • I reluctantly agree with @sam. Absolute control cannot exist without complete understanding, but complete understanding does not necessarily imply absolute control.
    – m-smith
    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:04

How about : "I have tamed my Power"


I have perfected my powers.


Maybe you are looking for encompassed? It seems to apply to the "how the world works" example a bit more than the other suggestions in that it denotes both mastery and understanding. It also sounds a bit like something a Jedi might say.

  • Hmmm... "I have encompassed my full potential..." I kind'a like that.
    – trusktr
    Mar 4, 2012 at 0:41

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