su·​per·​pow·​er | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce superpower (audio) \

Definition of superpower

1 : excessive or superior power
2a : 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
b : an international governing body able to enforce its will upon the most powerful states

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superpowered \ ˈsü-​pər-​ˌpau̇(-​ə)rd How to pronounce superpowered (audio) \ adjective

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Magic Words: Letting down my guard is a secret superpower. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018 In terms of population, player salary, club attendance figures, league TV income; England is a superpower., "Why England's World Cup Campaign Wasn't the Heroic Overachievment the Hype Would Have You Believe," 12 July 2018 Carroll embraces the challenge of rekindling a group that has been a superpower for most of this decade. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Seahawks training camp questions: Will Russell Wilson finally have help?," 19 June 2018 This is a useful superpower to have, as anyone who’s ever been stuck in the bathroom just as a certified jam began to play can imagine. Lauren Michele Jackson, The Atlantic, "Digital Jukeboxes Make Every Bar’s Vibe the Same," 8 May 2018 If whiteness were a superpower, then Kanye would capture it and wear it like Wolverine’s claws. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Chance the Rapper Loves Kanye, Not Trump," 27 Apr. 2018 This warp-speed positivity is Van Ness's superpower. Martin Mulkeen, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 3 Apr. 2018 Deciding who plays how much is a coach's superpower, but one of Self's shortest rosters did not allow it. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Bill Self called this his softest team at Kansas. But now it's two wins from a Final Four, so ... | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018 Fortunately for superpower cooperation, Brezhnev did not back out. Eric Grynaviski, Washington Post, "Trump just canceled a high-stakes summit. In 1972, Nixon almost did the same.," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of superpower

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of superpower

: an extremely powerful nation

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