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"superior" in British English

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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 tobottle-feeding. The ​governmenttroops were superior innumbers (= there were more of them). C2 disapproving A superior ​personbelieves that or ​acts as if they are ​better than other ​people: a superior ​manner/​smile I can't ​stand Amanda - she's so superior.
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superior adjective (HIGHER)

higher in ​rank or ​socialposition 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.

superiornoun [C]

uk   /suːˈpɪə.ri.ər/  us   /-ˈpɪr.i.ɚ/
C1 a ​person or ​group of ​people who are ​higher in ​rank or ​socialposition than ​others: I will ​passyourcomplaint on to my superiors.
(Definition of superior from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"superior" in American English

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superioradjective [not gradable]

 us   /sʊˈpɪər·i·ər/

superior adjective [not gradable] (BETTER)

better than ​average, or ​better than ​others of the same ​type: They were ​clearly the superior ​team. Some ​peoplethinkacousticrecordings are superior to ​digitalones. disapproving A ​person who is superior or ​behaves in a superior way ​believes that he or she is ​better than other ​people: I can’t ​stand Bill’s superior ​attitude.

superior adjective [not gradable] (HIGHER)

higher in ​rank or ​position than ​others: When ​your superior ​officer gives you an ​order, you do it.

superiornoun [C]

 us   /sʊˈpɪr·i·ər/

superior noun [C] (HIGHER PERSON)

a ​person or ​group of ​people who are ​higher in ​rank or ​position than ​others : We will need a ​letter of ​recommendation from one of ​your superiors.
(Definition of superior from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"superior" in Business English

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uk   us   /suːˈpɪəriər/
better in ​quality than other things of a similar ​type: We pride ourselves on having ​achieved a ​corporateculture of superior ​performance. superior ​products/​brands superior ​customer/after-sales ​service superior ​value/​results/​returnsbe superior to sth The firm's ​technology is widely regarded as being superior to that of its ​rivals.far/vastly superior (to sth) The school ​system was far superior when he ​left than it was when he was ​elected mayor.
WORKPLACE having a ​higherposition than someone else in a ​company or ​organization: superior ​officers

superiornoun [C]

uk   us   /suːˈpɪəriər/ WORKPLACE
someone who has a ​higherposition than another ​employee or ​group of ​employees in a ​company or ​organization: 71% of ​workerssurveyed said they had been insulted, ignored, or otherwise ​treated discourteously by their superiors. Conflicts can usually be contained if dealt with by an immediate superior. Any unusual incidents should be ​reported to your superior. Travel ​expenses must be ​authorized and ​approved by your superiors.
(Definition of superior from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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