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adjective superior pronunciation in British English /sʊˈpɪəriə(r)/
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  1. 1
    better than someone or something else in quality or skill
    Towards 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. 3
    used especially in advertising for referring to products or services of high quality
    a company that supplies superior wines to the restaurant trade
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  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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