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surplus

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noun sur·plus \ˈsər-(ˌ)pləs\

Simple Definition of surplus

  • : an amount (such as an amount of money) that is more than the amount that is needed

Full Definition of surplus

  1. 1a :  the amount that remains when use or need is satisfiedb :  an excess of receipts over disbursements

  2. 2 :  the excess of a corporation's net worth over the par or stated value of its stock

surplus adjective

Examples of surplus

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

  2. There is a surplus of workers and not enough jobs.



Origin of surplus

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin superplus, from Latin super- + plus more — more at plus


First Known Use: 14th century



SURPLUS Defined for Kids

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noun sur·plus \ˈsər-pləs\

Definition of surplus

  1. :  an amount left over :  excess




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adjective sur·plus

Definition of surplus

  1. :  left over :  extra <surplus wheat>





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