great power

noun, often capitalized G&P

Definition of great power

: one of the nations that figure most decisively in international affairs : superpower

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Some people may not like China, as an emerging great power and the world’s second-largest economy, being so closely identified with the developing world. The Economist, "China releases a movie drama featuring its belt-and-road project," 5 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The obvious case study is Afghanistan, a country that has chewed up and spit out great powers throughout its history. Donald C. Bolduc, Time, "I Served 10 Tours in Afghanistan. It’s Time for Us to Leave," 30 Aug. 2019 With great power to suspend civil liberties and take a life comes great responsibility and accountability also. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: The ripple effects of a spate of cop suicides nationally are felt here," 3 Aug. 2019 Last year, as part of the FAA funding bill, Congress gave Boeing and other firms greater power to oversee themselves under the ODA system. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "FAA officials face scrutiny over Boeing oversight," 31 July 2019 With great power come great headaches, however, and since landing in the United States, Holmstén has had to reeducate those used to the old favor-trading. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 The 10th-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs (there's a six-core configuration at the high end) bring with them greater power efficiency and a promise of up to 18.5 hours of battery life in the FHD configuration. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Lenovo’s new Comet Lake-equipped ThinkPad X1 Carbon hits this September," 27 Aug. 2019 Babacar Diouf, 38, got out of his taxi downtown and fell to his knees, asking a greater power for a Senegalese victory. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Senegal before Africa Cup final: Water sacrifices. Prayers. Vuvuzelas.," 19 July 2019 Trungpa and Mipham each commanded great power over their students through these vows. Jackson Barnett, The Denver Post, "Shambhala, the Boulder-born Buddhist organization, suppressed allegations of abuse, ex-members say," 7 July 2019

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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