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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Recent Examples on the Web So the Limbaugh world in which strong, independent men settle the West, create this great democracy, become a world power, that is not an image or an understanding of America that has a place for women’s leadership. Alexa Mikhail, USA TODAY, "How Rush Limbaugh helped turn feminism into an urgent threat to the Republican Party," 19 Feb. 2021 Brennan’s success comes during a stretch when world power Norway continues to sit out World Cup competition because of concerns over COVID-19. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skier Rosie Brennan helps give US a historic gold-and-silver finish in World Cup racing," 4 Jan. 2021 Some critics of Brexit view it as a nostalgic and ultimately impossible quest to return to a time when Britain was a leading world power. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "With Brexit, the U.K. Finds Sovereignty Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Getting Its Way," 25 Dec. 2020 The controversy erupted just two weeks after the national team’s historic victory over the world power All Blacks of New Zealand, 21-15, at the Tri Nations Tournament in Sydney. Jta Staff,, "Argentinian rugby players suspended after anti-Semitic tweets discovered, but reinstated days later," 9 Dec. 2020 China, which is the world's second largest economy, was the only major world power to avoid a recession this year. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Boeing issues surprisingly upbeat outlook for Chinese aircraft demand," 12 Nov. 2020 Fighting reminds readers not only of the central role of African American soldiers in the war that first made their country a world power. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "How World War I Planted the Seeds of the Civil Rights Movement," 27 Jan. 2020 The world's second largest economy is likely to be the only major world power to expand this year as the coronavirus pandemic prevents growth elsewhere. Laura He, CNN, "China wants to be less reliant on the United States. That's a tall order," 30 Oct. 2020 What is needed is substantive change to the status quo, not a restoration of U.S. world power. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of world power

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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