world power

noun

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 Tensions have been escalating since President Trump pulled the U.S. out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, then reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the accord. SFChronicle.com, "Iran announces arrests over downing of plane that killed 176," 14 Jan. 2020 Tensions have been escalating since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, then reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the accord. Nasser Karimi, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran announces arrests over downing of Ukrainian jet that killed 176," 14 Jan. 2020 In addition, Tehran has abandoned the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to the slaying. CBS News, "Iran denies shooting at crowds protesting after plane was shot down," 13 Jan. 2020 In recent years, hard-liners have begun linking the tragedy to Trump's maximalist campaign targeting Tehran, which included unilaterally withdrawing the U.S. from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and reimposing crushing sanctions. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Ukrainian plane crash may be grim echo of US downing of Iran flight in 1988," 10 Jan. 2020 However, that effort in this case could be affected by the U.S. sanctions campaign in place on Iran since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in May 2018. Time, "176 Dead in Ukrainian 737 Plane Crash in Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 Soleimani's slaying already has led Tehran to abandon the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as his successor and others vow to take revenge. Jon Gambrell, Fortune, "Iran Fires Missiles at Iraqi Air Base Housing U.S. Troops, State TV Says," 7 Jan. 2020 Tensions have steadily risen since Trump withdrew the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and embarked on a campaign of maximum pressure through economic sanctions. Anchorage Daily News, "Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger," 2 Jan. 2020 Tensions have steadily risen since Mr. Trump withdrew the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and embarked on a campaign of maximum pressure through economic sanctions. CBS News, "Protesters leave U.S. Embassy in Iraq but claim "psychological" victory," 1 Jan. 2020

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“World power.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/world%20power. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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world power

noun

English Language Learners Definition of world power

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

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