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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). Extremely good C2 disapproving describes someone who 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.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoastingFeeling morally superior

superior adjective (HIGHER)

higher in rank or social position than others: The soldier was reported to his superior officer for failing in his duties.Position and status in groups and organizationsImportant people and describing important peopleFamous peopleWealthy people 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.Position and status in groups and organizationsImportant people and describing important peopleFamous peopleWealthy people
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