su·​per | \ ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio) \

Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : of high grade or quality
b used as a generalized term of approval a super cook
2 : very large or powerful a super atomic bomb
3 : exhibiting the characteristics of its type to an extreme or excessive degree super secrecy



Definition of super (Entry 2 of 4)

1 [by shortening]
a : supernumerary especially : a supernumerary actor
b : superintendent, supervisor especially : the superintendent of an apartment building
2 [short for obsolete superhive] : a removable upper story of a beehive
3 [super entry 1] : a superfine grade or extra large size
4 [origin unknown] : a thin loosely woven open-meshed starched cotton fabric used especially for reinforcing books



Definition of super (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : very, extremely a super fast car
2 : to an excessive degree



Definition of super- (Entry 4 of 4)

1a(1) : over and above : higher in quantity, quality, or degree than : more than superhuman
(2) : in addition : extra supertax
b(1) : exceeding or so as to exceed a norm superheat
(2) : in or to an extreme or excessive degree or intensity supersubtle
c : surpassing all or most others of its kind superhighway
2a : situated or placed above, on, or at the top of superlunary specifically : situated on the dorsal side of
b : next above or higher supertonic
3 : having the (specified) ingredient present in a large or unusually large proportion superphosphate
4 : constituting a more inclusive category than that specified superfamily
5 : superior in status, title, or position superpower

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Synonyms & Antonyms for super

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of super in a Sentence

Adjective We had a super time. “Yes, I'd love to come.” “Super! I'll see you later.” Adverb my computer is super slow this morning
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The cruise industry spent over a year negotiating with the CDC on how to safely protect against COVID and prevent super-spreader events. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 11 June 2021 This parable felt apropos during the early phase of COVID-19’s spread, when billionaires were hiding on their super-yachts and posting pics on Instagram. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 11 June 2021 Josh, who’s now apparently super-rich, will be a good landlord. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 10 June 2021 That’s in part because the super-low readings from the pandemic’s early days will gradually shift out of the calculation. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 The records are eye-opening, showing how the super-rich have gained from a tax system rigged in their favor. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 This impressive super-fine mist from Benefit Cosmetics’ POREfessional collection is made with powders that blur the appearance of pores to create a soft-focus finish—all while controlling shine and setting makeup for up to 16 hours. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The Bat Team will have to add another super-suit case to the Batcave because the moment many DC Comics fans have been waiting for since Batwoman premiered in 2019 has finally arrived. Chancellor Agard,, 8 June 2021 Many of their super fans have been breathlessly awaiting the event. Faith Karimi, CNN, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film, which stars Scarlett Johansson as the avenging super-spy, is arguably the biggest of the year and one of the most anticipated. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 9 June 2021 The show would be the latest in a storied tradition of Central Park super-productions that tend to attract worldwide coverage and to paint New York as a peaceful, cosmopolitan haven for the arts. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Any other statement, of course, would be foolish—Governor Cooper, now in his second term, holds a veto that is no longer symbolic, thanks to the 2018 midterms breaking the GOP’s super-majority in the General Assembly. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 7 June 2021 RedBull is the preeminent example of a business that has become a successful content super-creator. Dave Platter, Forbes, 7 June 2021 In the midst of the devastation, our own examples of super-helpers have emerged. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 The popularity and album sales would take the band to the next level, establishing them as a hip-hop super group. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 12 Mar. 2021 This is especially true if the market is pricing in another commodity super-cycle. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 30 May 2021 There was a lot of talk about Kyrie-the-liar and Kyrie-the-super-diva in the days leading up to Boston’s first-round, David vs. Goliath playoff series with the Nets, tapping off Saturday night in Brooklyn., 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb New York’s train system is super-intimidating to me. Gabe Bergado, Vulture, 11 June 2021 Whether the researchers were trying to create a super-spreading bioweapon or merely doing research into its features is a sub-category of this theory. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 On the other hand, if super-efficient fulfillment is a goal, integration with 3PL systems assumes importance. Ratheesh Raveendran, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Bennett became one of the first religious recruits in the Maglan, the super-selective commando unit that counts Netanyahu among its alumni. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Eventually, the virus infected someone who passed it to several people, who also passed it on to others, possibly in a super-spreading event. Jason Gale,, 27 May 2021 This super-sensing activates our emotional intelligence. Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 1 June 2021 That evidence may exist, and be super-classified within the government that possesses it. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 29 May 2021 Deep learning super-sampling (DLSS) and ray tracing Gaming and computer design have one urgent need in common: Immersive graphics. Lynne Peskoe-yang, Popular Mechanics, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of super


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for super






Latin, over, above, in addition, from super over, above, on top of — more at over

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13 Jun 2021

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“Super.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of super

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal : extremely good



English Language Learners Definition of super (Entry 2 of 3)

US, informal : very or extremely



English Language Learners Definition of super- (Entry 3 of 3)

: bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind
: superior in position or rank


su·​per | \ ˈsü-pər How to pronounce super (audio) \

Kids Definition of super

1 : very great super strength
2 : very good Mrs. Haver said we did a super job.— Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing



Kids Definition of super-

1 : more than superhuman
2 : extremely : very

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