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world power

noun

  1. a nation, organization, or institution so powerful that it is capable of influencing or changing the course of world events.


world power

noun

  1. a state that possesses sufficient power to influence events throughout the world


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Word History and Origins

Origin of world power1

First recorded in 1880–85

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Example Sentences

So the nature of war shifted just at the moment when the United States became a world power.

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It’s tempting for world powers to strengthen Buhari’s hand by arming his military further or funding his regime in the hope that he can maintain some semblance of a functional Nigerian state.

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Yet there can be no turning the clock back to 2015 when the nuclear deal was signed between world powers and the Islamic Republic.

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Shultz, like other successful secretaries of state, understood that the foreign policy of a world power constitutes a hierarchy of needs, and moral action must take its place in that hierarchy to win sustained public support.

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The decline of America as both an ideal and a world power is marked by such moments.

That awakening, he says, led to a 180-page term paper on the balance of world power.

But in gaining the glories of the world—power, fame and fortune—Gibson seemed to lose himself.

He is the author of The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the U.N. in the Era of American World Power.

In half their great effort against the world-power of Britain they had utterly failed.

From the first the mind of Buonaparte had been set on a struggle with this growing world-power.

World power or downfall was their formula; it gave their antagonists no alternative but a fight to a conclusive end.

Why does it always appear the minute a crowd is sufficiently powerful to dream of world-power?

The needle of the compass of progress has always pointed west; at least always since the Medo-Persian was the world-power.

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