Definition of surplus
1a : the amount that remains when use or need is satisfiedb : an excess of receipts over disbursements
2 : the excess of a corporation's net worth over the par or stated value of its stock
Examples of surplus in a Sentence
If there is any surplus, it will be divided equally.
There is a surplus of workers and not enough jobs.
Recent Examples of surplus from the Web
During the election campaign, Trump criticized a 2012 U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement because of a large South Korean trade surplus for merchandise.
During the election campaign, Trump criticized the agreement because of a large South Korean trade surplus for merchandize.
Researchers once thought complex religion and society came about only after agriculture guaranteed early societies a food surplus.
Reagan’s tax cuts left the U.S. with an unprecedented peacetime deficit; George W. Bush inherited a small surplus and, after his tax cuts didn’t spur higher growth, handed Obama a Treasury close to bankrupt.
Dudgeon said the office has taken steps to improve oversight of its finances, including new guidelines about how to dispose of surplus property.
Scott Brown was placed on unpaid leave earlier this year after an anonymous complaint prompted the attorney general's office to look into his handling of the sale of some surplus state vehicles.
As a result of the persisting surplus, spot prices for oil are being pushed lower than those for supplies months and years into the future.
Alabama's second surplus auction of 2017 will take place next week in Montgomery.
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SURPLUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surplus for English Language Learners
: an amount (such as an amount of money) that is more than the amount that is needed
SURPLUS Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of surplus
1a : an amount that remains when a use or need is satisfied b : an excess of receipts over disbursements c : the value of assets after subtracting liabilities
2 : an excess of the net worth of a corporation over the par value of its capital stock — compare undivided profits capital surplus : all surplus other than earned surplus earned surplus : the surplus that remains after deducting losses, distributions to stockholders, and transfers to capital stock accounts paid–in surplus : surplus resulting from the sale of stock at amounts above par
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