Definition of superior adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//suːˈpɪəriə(r)//
    , BrE//sjuːˈpɪəriə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːˈpɪriər//
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  1. 1  superior (to somebody/something) better in quality than somebody/something else; greater than somebody/something else vastly superior superior intelligence This model is technically superior to its competitors. Liverpool were clearly the superior team. The enemy won because of their superior numbers (= there were more of them). opposite inferior
  2. 2  superior (to somebody) higher in rank, importance or position my superior officer superior status a superior court of law opposite inferior
  3. 3(disapproving) showing by your behaviour that you think you are better than others synonym arrogant a superior manner He always looks so superior.
  4. 4(used especially in advertisements) of very good quality; better than other similar things superior apartments
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French superiour, from Latin superior, comparative of superus ‘that is above’, from super ‘above’.Extra examples Plainly, you possess an altogether superior intellect. She felt (herself) superior to the other children. She felt socially superior to most of her neighbours. She felt socially superior to the rest of the group. The house was altogether superior to the kind of thing most men of Adam’s age could aspire to. The new products are far superior to the old ones. They defeated a greatly superior Roman army. What is it that makes this technique superior? a microwave that is vastly superior in design to all other models the numerically superior British forces the numerically superior= larger in numbers British forces All their wines are of a superior quality. Her superior intellect makes her the ideal candidate for the position. I’ll need to check with my superior officer. In feudal society, a superior status was accorded to the land-owning aristocrats. Michael’s superior air had begun to annoy her. Simon behaved in a rather superior way. The hotel offers superior accommodation and leisure facilities. They see themselves as being morally superior to people of other faiths. They won the battle because of their superior numbers. This computer is technically superior to the others, but it’s not as user-friendly. This model is far superior to its competitors. a selection of superior downtown apartments
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