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 satellitesb : an international governing body able to enforce its will upon the most powerful states
superpoweredplay \-ˌpau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective
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Like the one-and-done rule that has diluted the talent level of college basketball in the U.S., defections to the U.S. have robbed Cuba of its superpower status in baseball.
Playing on the ambiguity of whether its protagonist David (Dan Stevens) is suffering from schizophrenia or developing superpowers, Legion is one of the most surreal, daring, visually innovative new shows of the year.
The world can be cruel to the LGBTQ community, however; this harsh reality may be what gave them the superpowers to transform this planet into a more creative, fun and smart place to be.
Rallying teen The new documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower tells the story of Joshua Wong, a young man from Hong Kong who becomes involved in an Occupy movement in the area in 2014, protesting the actions of the Chinese Communist Party.
The U.S. is now emerging as the world’s energy superpower and U.S. oil and gas exports are rebalancing global markets.
The two colonial superpowers spent years squabbling over ownership of Mobile Bay, which served as de facto border between their colonies.
Among the denials, however, were signs of Putin's resentment toward the United States and its conduct as the world's lone post-cold war superpower.
Diana actually felt like a person rather than a collection of superpowers.
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SUPERPOWER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of superpower for English Language Learners
: an extremely powerful nation
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