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world power

a nation, organization, or institution so powerful that it is capable of influencing or changing the course of world events.
Origin of world power
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is, however, very interesting because it seeks to forecast the future of America as a world power and as a democracy.

    People of Destiny Philip Gibbs
  • We must play the game as a world power, and as other nations are playing the game.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • Within a few years the United States has been affected by an ambition to be a world power.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • And she tried to be a world power and defend the Monroe doctrine!

    The Conquest of America Cleveland Moffett
  • No action of a world power has ever been so quickly and so overwhelmingly condemned.

  • “For us there are two alternatives and no third—world power or ruin” (Weltmacht oder Niedergang).

    The Evidence in the Case James M. Beck
  • We are becoming a world power and should have a thoroughly united country.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for world power

world power

a state that possesses sufficient power to influence events throughout the world
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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