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SURPLUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does surplus mean? 

SURPLUS (noun)
  The noun SURPLUS has 1 sense:

1. a quantity much larger than is needed

  Familiarity information: SURPLUS used as a noun is very rare.


SURPLUS (adjective)
  The adjective SURPLUS has 1 sense:

1. more than is needed, desired, or required

  Familiarity information: SURPLUS used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SURPLUS (noun)


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Meaning:

A quantity much larger than is needed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

excess; nimiety; surplus; surplusage

Hypernyms ("surplus" is a kind of...):

overabundance; overmuch; overmuchness; superabundance (a quantity that is more than what is appropriate)


SURPLUS (adjective)


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Meaning:

More than is needed, desired, or required

Synonyms:

supernumerary; supererogatory; redundant; extra; excess; surplus; spare; superfluous

Context examples:

trying to lose excess weight / found some extra change lying on the dresser / yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant / skills made redundant by technological advance / sleeping in the spare room / supernumerary ornamentation / it was supererogatory of her to gloat / delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words / extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts / surplus cheese distributed to the needy

Similar:

unnecessary; unneeded (not necessary)


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