world power


Definition of world power

: a political unit (such as a nation or state) powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

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America appears poised to further sanction Iran despite Tehran abiding by Rouhani's nuclear deal with world powers, which saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for sanctions being lifted. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution," 24 Sep. 2018 Art world power players were descending upon the city for Art Basel Hong Kong and so, too, were the revelers who enjoy all of the fair’s peripheral celebrations. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Pharrell and Michelle Yeoh Attend amfAR’s Hong Kong Gala, Held at the City’s Glitzy New Rosewood Hotel," 26 Mar. 2019 So did art world power couple John Gruen and Jane Wilson. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Oil prices have edged higher as the Trump administration has pushed allies to end all purchases of oil from Iran following the U.S. pulling out of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Ken Thomas And Jon Gambrell,, "Trump claims Saudi Arabia will boost oil production," 30 June 2018 In 2015, Iran negotiated an accord with six world powers — the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany. Tracy Wilkinson,, "President Trump says he wants to scrap the Iran nuclear deal. What does that mean?," 3 May 2018 Many international sanctions on Iran were lifted in early 2016 following th nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and six world powers the year before. Denise Roland, WSJ, "New Sanctions, New Hurdles for Western Firms Still Doing Business in Iran," 7 Nov. 2018 Last autumn government employees across the country were ordered to watch a six-part television series about China’s emergence as a world power. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Whether czarist or soviet, Russians long for the times in their history when their country truly was a world power. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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: a country that is powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

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