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superior

adjective uk   /suːˈpɪə.ri.ər/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i.ɚ/

superior adjective (BETTER)

C1 better than average or better than other people or things of the same type: This is clearly the work of a superior artist. She was chosen for the job because she was the superior candidate. For babies, breastfeeding is superior to bottle-feeding. The government troops were superior in numbers (= there were more of them). C2 disapproving A superior person believes that they are better than other people and acts in such a way: a superior manner/smile I can't bear Amanda - she's so superior.
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superior adjective (HIGHER)

higher in rank or social position than others: The soldier was reported to his superior officer for failing in his duties. specialized medical closer to the head, further from the feet: The head is superior to the shoulder.

superior

noun [C] uk   /suːˈpɪə.ri.ər/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i.ɚ/
C1 a person or group of people who are higher in rank or social position than others: I will pass your complaint on to my superiors.
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