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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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 Turns out, even a fake Spider-Man can learn that lesson about great power and great responsibility after all. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "80 Comics to Read For Marvel's 80th Anniversary," 31 Aug. 2019 The British are attached to being a great power, a member of the Security Council. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Macron: No-deal Brexit is all on Britain, not the EU," 21 Aug. 2019 Smartphones, with exponentially greater power, amazing graphics and unlimited games and apps, have taken the place of handheld game systems. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "Thirty Years Ago, Game Boy Changed the Way America Played Video Games," 29 July 2019 Some of this reflects America’s changing priorities, as the Islamic State has lost its territory and the Pentagon’s new strategy emphasizes great power competition with China. Time Staff, Time, "10 Things We Learned About 2020 From the Democratic Debates," 28 June 2019 Starr valued the great power of football fans above everything, and journalists helped tell that story. Joseph Goodman |,, "Emotional month for Auburn, Alabama shows the power of sports," 14 June 2019

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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