WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
su•per•la•tive /səˈpɝlətɪv, sʊ-/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- of the highest kind or order:The dinner was superlative.
- Grammarof or designating the highest degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs, used to show the extreme or greatest in quality, quantity, or intensity, as in smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully. Compare comparative (def. 4),positive (def. 22).
- [countable] a superlative person or thing.
- [uncountable; usually: the + ~] the superlative degree of an adjective or adverb:Put the adjective good into the superlative.
su•per•la•tive•ly, adv.: She performed superlatively well during the concert.See -lat1-.
- [countable] the superlative form of an adjective or adverb:The words and phrases smallest, best, and most carefully are superlatives.
(sə pûr′lə tiv, sŏŏ-), adj.
- of the highest kind, quality, or order;
surpassing all else or others;
- Grammar[Gram.]of, pertaining to, or noting the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, as smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully. Cf.comparative (def. 4),positive (def. 20).
- being more than is proper or normal;
exaggerated in language or style.
- a superlative person or thing.
- the utmost degree;
- a form in the superlative.
1 . surpassing, excellent, magnificent, preeminent.
- Late Latin, as above
- Old French
- Late Latin superlātīvus, equivalent. to Latin superlāt(us) hyperbolical (super- super- + -lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English superlatif
- Middle English 1350–1400
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superlative /suːˈpɜːlətɪv/ adj
- of outstanding quality, degree, etc; supreme
- denoting the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses the highest or a very high degree of quality. In English the superlative degree is usually marked by the suffix -est or the word most, as in loudest or most loudly
- (of language or style) excessive; exaggerated
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French superlatif, via Late Latin from Latin superlātus extravagant, from superferre to carry beyond, from super- + ferre to bearsuˈperlatively adv suˈperlativeness n
- a thing that excels all others or is of the highest quality
- the superlative form of an adjective
- the highest degree; peak
'superlative' also found in these entries:
'Early' Comparative and Superlative. Is the only exception?
'the' before a superlative
"most/-est" as superlative
"one" after a superlative
"the" before superlative adjective
a most + adjective, superlative of which formed without most
about the range of superlative degree
Adjectives - The Superlative Degree
Among with superlative adjectives? [eg, the tallest <among> the students]
article before superlative degree
Can you use superlative comparing 2 things?
cannot be -er(comparative) = the -est(superlative)?
comparative & superlative
comparative & superlative & gradual change
Comparative and superlative form...
comparative form instead of superlative form
Comparative, superlative: busy
Comparative, superlative: clever
Comparative, superlative: clever.
Comparative, superlative: common
Comparative, superlative: free.
Comparative, superlative: often
Comparative, superlative: two-syllable words.
Comparative/Superlative of Coy, Dry, Shy
Definite article + superlative
do superlative adjectives no longer matter?
Double superlative: correct English?
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