leftover

noun
left·​over | \ ˈleft-ˌō-vər How to pronounce leftover (audio) \

Definition of leftover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that remains unused or unconsumed especially : leftover food served at a later meal usually used in plural
2 : an anachronistic survival : vestige

leftover

adjective

Definition of leftover (Entry 2 of 2)

: not consumed or used leftover food leftover space

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Synonyms for leftover

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leftover in a Sentence

Noun Are we having leftovers again? The law is a leftover from earlier times.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two days after the first positive tests, Burkhart requested leftover doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the county health department. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 May 2021 Your best bet here is to store leftover guacamole in the refrigerator covered tightly with a layer of plastic directly in contact with the food for up to a day or two. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2021 In January and February, Utah officials continued supporting renters with leftover funds. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 The agency appears to be in danger of forfeiting leftover funds even as renters across the state continue to struggle to keep up with their payments. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Other restaurants are devoting hours to making sure workers know how to sign up, locating leftover shots and networking with their peers. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 The largest incident occurred when a pharmacy responsible for distributing the vaccine to nursing homes failed to document storage temperatures for leftover shots, resulting in 890 doses being wasted. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 16 Mar. 2021 The largest incident occurred earlier this year, when a pharmacy responsible for distributing the vaccine to nursing homes failed to document storage temperatures for leftover shots, resulting in 890 doses being wasted. Kimberlee Kruesi, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2021 Who receives the doses and how do people find out where leftover shots are available? Adisa Hargett-robinson, ABC News, 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pour any leftover oil from the bowl onto the dough, adding a bit more if needed. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 16 June 2021 According to Global Times, internet stars scrambled to get their hands on leftover corn and pineapple, which authorities left out to lure elephants away from cities. Julia Hollingsworth And Zixu Wang, CNN, 9 June 2021 The White House said the funding would come from leftover Covid-19 aid passed during the Trump administration. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 3 June 2021 After waking up to puddles and a leftover shower or two skies brighten and then clear by afternoon. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Allen got a second Tony nomination, but what was more impressive to Neuwirth was that Allen found enough leftover reserves of energy to engage individually with each and every cast member. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 The Irish establishment has been posting to its Facebook page a mock auction for its leftover restaurant separators. Sarah Michels, The Enquirer, 3 June 2021 Basith Syed, a 24-year-old consultant in Chicago, nabbed a leftover Moderna vaccine at a Walgreens in mid-February. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 Basith Syed, a 24-year-old consultant in Chicago, nabbed a leftover Moderna vaccine at a Walgreens in mid-February. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of leftover

Noun

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leftover was in 1864

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21 Jun 2021

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“Leftover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftover. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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leftover

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leftover

: food that has not been finished at a meal and that is often served at another meal
: a thing that remains after something is finished or ended

leftover

noun
left·​over | \ ˈleft-ˌō-vər How to pronounce leftover (audio) \

Kids Definition of leftover

: something (as food) left over We had leftovers for supper.

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