Surplus - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrpləs|  American pronunciation of the word surplus
Brit.  |ˈsɜːpləs|  British pronunciation of the word surplus


- a quantity much larger than is needed (syn: excess, surplusage)


- more than is needed, desired, or required (syn: excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary)
surplus cheese distributed to the needy

Extra examples

If there is any surplus, it will be divided equally.

There is a surplus of workers and not enough jobs.

Pour the surplus of this liquid immediately away.

Any surplus can be trimmed away.

Ethiopia has no surplus food.

Surplus cash can be invested.

...the doves were in favor of using the surplus to improve the nation's schools and not its weapons systems...

...the director of the blood bank called for a moratorium in donations until the surplus could be used up...

The surplus products must be laden on board the vessels.

Our budget has the virtue of providing for a small surplus.

A drain carries surplus water to the river.

The increase in gas-fired power stations means traditional coal ones are becoming surplus to requirements.

He found out he was surplus to requirements in London and left.

Any surplus was sold to augment their income.

Overrun is copies surplus to the number ordered.

Word forms

singular: surplus
plural: surpluses
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