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adjective superior pronunciation in American English /sʊˈpɪriər/
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  1. 1
    better than someone or something else in quality or skill

    Toward the end of the game the younger man’s superior strength began to show.

    Though technically superior, their system was never commercially successful.

    superior to:

    The sound quality is superior to that on a regular CD.

    vastly/greater/infinitely superior:

    The new version is vastly superior to the old one.

    superior knowledge/skill/intelligence:

    We respected Bill’s superior knowledge of the area.

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  2. 2
    greater in size or power

    Despite its superior numbers, the French fleet was defeated by Nelson’s navy.

    superior force/power:

    They fought with great courage against a superior force of invaders.

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  3. 4
    someone who is superior behaves in a proud way, as if they think they are better or more important than other people

    I can’t stand that superior smile of his.

  4. 5
    having a higher status or position than someone or something else

    You are accountable to your superior officer.

    judges of the superior courts

  5. 6
    [only before noun] medical higher in position

    the superior rectal vein



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