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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Warren’s stump speech is disciplined and on message; her superpower is the ability to explain issues in simple terms; some critics find her style pedantic. Los Angeles Times, "The debate Democrats have waited for: Joe Biden vs. Elizabeth Warren," 29 Aug. 2019 By applying their profit-making superpowers to some of the world’s most stubborn problems, companies are driving real social change. David Meyer, Fortune, "The End of Shareholder Primacy, Again: CEO Daily," 23 Aug. 2019 For some, Pokémon knowledge has become their personal superpower., "People are still obsessed with Pokémon and this is their Super Bowl," 20 Aug. 2019 Twitter was his first community; the origin of his superpowers. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "'It Feels Like I’m Chosen to Do This.' Inside the Record-Breaking Rise of Lil Nas X," 15 Aug. 2019 Former teen heroes reunite after the death of their adoptive father, a billionaire who trained them to hone their superpowers against evil but failed to ground them with any sort of paternal affection. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 And China knows how to use its superpowers responsibly and wisely. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Wolf Warrior II Tells Us a Lot about China," 20 July 2019 Their basketball superpower is the ability to make their teammates better. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Lakers Have Money. Now They Have to Spend Wisely.," 27 June 2019 My superpower is to recognize talent, shine a light on it and get out of the way so work can be done., "Oregon child welfare director announces sudden plans to leave office," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of superpower

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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English Language Learners Definition of superpower

: an extremely powerful nation

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