su·​per·​pow·​er ˈsü-pər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce superpower (audio)
: excessive or superior power
: an extremely powerful nation
specifically : one of a very few dominant states in an era when the world is divided politically into these states and their satellites
: an international governing body able to enforce its will upon the most powerful states
: an extremely powerful company, organization, etc.
The retailer hoped to become a financial services superpowerPatricia Sellers
: a power or ability (such as the ability to become invisible or to fly) of the kind possessed by superheroes : a superhuman power
The Fantastic Four first appeared in November 1961, originating with four friends who journeyed to space to thwart the Russians from getting there first. They were overwhelmed by a menacing radiation cloud and their molecular structure was altered, giving each of them superpowers.Laura Mattoon D'Amore
The superpower I've always wished for is invisibility, and I chose my vocation accordingly. A novelist gets 140,000 words per one tiny author photo. That's a visibility ratio I can live with.Barbara Kingsolver
superpowered adjective

Examples of superpower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This superpower, molded by experience, repetition, and intention, enables the brain to form new circuits, and to prune away old ones which no longer serve us. Dr. James R. Doty, TIME, 7 May 2024 To be a superpower in the age of AI probably requires owning a cutting-edge large language model. Alexei Oreskovic, Fortune, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for superpower 

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of superpower was in 1849

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“Superpower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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su·​per·​pow·​er ˈsü-pər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce superpower (audio)
: an extremely powerful nation
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