1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n If one thing or person is superior to another, the first is better than the second.

We have a relationship infinitely superior to those of many of our friends.

...a woman greatly superior to her husband in education and sensitivity...

Long-term stock market investments have produced superior returns compared with cash deposits.

Derived words:
superiority N-UNCOUNT oft N over/to n

The technical superiority of laser discs over tape is well established.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as superior, you mean that it is good, and better than other things of the same kind.

A few years ago it was virtually impossible to find superior quality coffee in local shops...

Lulu was said to be of very superior intelligence.

3) ADJ: oft ADJ to n A superior person or thing is more important than another person or thing in the same organization or system.

...negotiations between the mutineers and their superior officers...

Locally passed laws are of superior authority to those laws passed in Moscow.

4) N-COUNT: poss N Your superior in an organization that you work for is a person who has a higher rank than you.

Other army units are completely surrounded and cut-off from communication with their superiors...

The company president, and my immediate superior, was the dynamic Harry Stokes.

5) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as superior, you disapprove of them because they behave as if they are better, more important, or more intelligent than other people.

Finch gave a superior smile...

You can stand there and feel superior as you point and laugh at them.

Derived words:
superiority N-UNCOUNT oft N over n

...a false sense of his superiority over mere journalists.

6) ADJ-GRADED If one group of people has superior numbers to another group, the first has more people than the second, and therefore has an advantage over it.

The demonstrators fled when they saw the authorities' superior numbers...

His men were far superior numerically.

7) N-COUNT: poss N, oft N in n If you describe someone as your superior in a particular activity, you mean that they are better than you at that activity. [WRITTEN]

Anthony sometimes felt that his mistress was his superior in will-power...

Among his immediate rivals was Arnold Matters, probably his superior in comic roles.


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