world power

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

Origin:
1880–85

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

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Example sentences
Most areas of the country had become populated, the frontier had disappeared, and the country was about to become a world power.
Down the past, civilizations have exposited themselves in terms of power, of world-power or of other-world power.
Where else to feel good about ourselves than to beat a world power.
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