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superlative

noun [C] uk   /suːˈpɜː.lə.tɪv/ us    /-ˈpɝː.lə.t̬ɪv/ specialized
A2 the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses that the thing or person being described has more of the particular quality than anything or anyone else of the same type: "Richest" is the superlative of "rich". The magazine article contained so many superlatives that I found it hard to believe that what it was saying was true.
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superlative

adjective uk   /suːˈpɜː.lə.tɪv/ us    /-ˈpɝː.lə.t̬ɪv/

superlative adjective (BEST)

of the highest quality; the best: We went to a superlative restaurant.

superlative adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language relating to the superlative of an adjective or adverb
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