world power

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of world power

1855


WORLD POWER Defined for English Language Learners

world power

noun

Definition of world power for English Language Learners

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


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