extra

adjective
ex·tra | \ ˈek-strə \

Definition of extra 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : more than is due, usual, or necessary : additional extra work

b : subject to an additional charge dessert is extra

2 : superior extra quality

extra

noun

Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : one that is extra or additional: such as

a : a special edition of a newspaper

b : an added charge

c : an additional worker specifically : one hired to act in a group scene in a motion picture or stage production

d : an attractive addition or accessory : frill cars loaded with extras

2 : something of superior quality or grade

extra

adverb

Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

: beyond the usual size, extent, or degree extra large

extra-

prefix

Definition of extra- (Entry 4 of 4)

: outside : beyond extrajudicial

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Examples of extra in a Sentence

Adjective

a sandwich with extra mayonnaise She got a part-time job to earn some extra money. He gave us an extra week to finish the job. There's no extra charge for breakfast.

Noun

The package deal includes some nice extras. Thousands of extras were hired for the battle scene.

Adverb

You have to pay $5 extra for room service. The food was extra good. The roads are slippery, so be extra careful. This is an extra special occasion.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

History suggests the extra money makes a real difference: When the state of Georgia axed a $5,000 credit in July 2015, sales of EVs fell by 90 percent. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Terrible Timing of Tesla's Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit," 12 July 2018 The Reds did save some extra money in their budget for potential additions. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "How Scooter Gennett transformed from a Cincinnati Reds waiver claim into an All-Star," 10 July 2018 For families on smaller farms where there was no extra money for a car, the pickup might be forced into double duty in getting the family to church, the doctor, the grocery store, or school events. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018 The lawmakers said boosting school grades in this way also could have improperly earned schools extra state money. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's civics test: Lawmakers suspect "dishonest tactics, districts deny charges," 3 July 2018 My take: The long-term care feature can help generate extra money to meet care costs without obtaining a long-term care insurance policy. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Should you buy an annuity? 4 tips to consider," 24 June 2018 Whether the chandelier’s style is formal, casual or somewhere in between, this statement piece is worth spending a little extra money on. Detroit Free Press, "6 ways to make the most of your dining room space," 21 June 2018 Using this as a source of quasi-random variation in compensation, an economist found that teams that had to pay extra for a player gave him additional plate appearances, even controlling for characteristics of the player and the team. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Electoral impacts of robot workers," 13 July 2018 Sure, my entry-level income pays the bills, but who doesn’t want a little extra cash on the side? Alessandra Puccio /, NBC News, "Finding your (hidden) value," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of the principals are from the original production in Canada, but the volunteer chorus and supers (extras) are made up of many Cincinnati natives. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 Excursions can start at $800 a day and soar to $4,000, depending on lodging and extras like expert guides stationed en route. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 That includes directors, writers, editors, cinematographers, extras, production assistants, technical specialists, makeup artists, script runners, construction workers — and the list continues. refinery29.com, "It Took A Woman President To Save American Jobs On House Of Cards," 7 July 2018 Even new subdivisions in Davis, Sacramento and Placer County now offer homes that hit the million-dollar mark for buyers who buy the biggest homes and throw in upgrades and builder extras. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "'That's a California thing.' Sacramento ranks high among cities with million-dollar homes," 7 July 2018 The shows are expected to employ 420 crew members, 429 cast and 7,060 extras. David Ng, latimes.com, "NBC's 'Good Girls' relocating production to California under the state tax credit program," 2 July 2018 In the distance, extras hunch over in chairs and mill about the food station. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 Anybody who needs to make a couple hundred dollars per month extra, can. Jerry Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Car Pro: I can’t afford my car. What do I do?," 16 June 2018 What’s more, the look was decidedly light on the accessories; Henry is usually one for piling on the extras. Maria Ward, Vogue, "How Brian Tyree Henry Broke the Men’s Style Mold on Tonys Night," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Those who really believed in the powers of the orgone box/egg also slept on pendulum beds under different colored lights (blue, green) in order to absorb extra stimulated energy. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 But this is spring training, where the atmosphere is lighter and the crowd sits extra close to the field. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Clayton Kershaw is turning 30, but he doesn't feel that old," 19 Mar. 2018 The clear, blue water that washed ashore a month ago had some Galveston businesses counting extra green, figures from the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau show. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston’s blue water was a boon for island business," 6 July 2018 Injuries have decimated their roster in the last few weeks, amplified by the fact that the Lakers are being extra cautious with players, unwilling to risk further injury with nothing on the line. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Five takeaways from the Lakers' 117-110 loss to the Utah Jazz," 4 Apr. 2018 Watch #PermitPatty sob her way through the interview below, and pay extra-close attention to the shady way in which the anchorwoman relays her story. Monique Judge, The Root, "From White Privilege to White Tears: #PermitPatty Sobs That She Really Didn’t Mean for Police to Come," 25 June 2018 With the 15-mile trip from the official players’ hotel to Shinnecock Hills taking two to three hours during the practice rounds, the USGA warned players to leave extra early for the course. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton firefighter Matt Parziale opens with 74 at US Open," 14 June 2018 There's even a candy cane brush to make your Stories *extra* festive. 3. Lyndsey Matthews, Marie Claire, "Instagram Just Announced Another Major Update That'll Make Your Stories So Much Better," 20 Dec. 2016 To make things extra tricky, some of them were in basements. The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of extra

Adjective

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extra

Adjective

probably short for extraordinary

Prefix

Latin, from extra, adverb & preposition, outside, except, beyond, from exter being on the outside — more at exterior

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Phrases Related to extra

go the extra mile

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More Definitions for extra

extra

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of extra

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: more than is usual or necessary

: costing more : requiring additional payment

extra

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

: something that is added especially to make a product, service, etc., more appealing

: a person hired to act in a group scene in a movie

extra

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

: beyond the usual size or amount

: very or unusually

extra-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of extra- (Entry 4 of 4)

: outside or beyond

extra

adjective
ex·tra | \ ˈek-strə \

Kids Definition of extra

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: being more than what is usual, expected, or due I need extra help.

extra

adverb

Kids Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

: beyond the usual size, amount, or extent extra large eggs I took an extra long walk.

extra

noun

Kids Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : something additional The vacation package included some nice extras.

2 : an added charge

3 : a special edition of a newspaper

4 : a person hired for a group scene (as in a movie)

extra-

prefix

Kids Definition of extra-

: outside : beyond

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