[ soo-per-pou-er ]
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  1. an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and the acts and policies of less powerful nations.

  2. power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.

  1. power, especially mechanical or electric power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.

Origin of superpower

First recorded in 1920–25; super- + power

Other words from superpower

  • su·per·pow·ered, adjective

Words Nearby superpower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use superpower in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for superpower


/ (ˈsuːpəˌpaʊə) /

  1. an extremely powerful state, such as the US

  2. extremely high power, esp electrical or mechanical

Derived forms of superpower

  • superpowered, adjective

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