Definition of extra in English:



  • Added to an existing or usual amount or number.

    ‘they offered him an extra thirty-five cents an hour’
    ‘a lot of extra work is involved’
    • ‘You will also be able to buy amounts of extra pension.’
    • ‘Many firms will pay a death-in-service benefit of about four times salary to dependants, which will cut the amount of extra life cover you need.’
    • ‘However, the deal stipulates they cannot take the payout and bring separate proceedings for an extra amount.’
    • ‘The amount of these extra payments differs from one bank to another.’
    • ‘Vitamin D from food contained only about 10 per cent of our needs and people needed to get extra amounts from sunbathing.’
    • ‘Significant amounts of extra cash have been pumped in nationally and from local authorities and people expect to see results.’
    • ‘Fishermen who want to trade up and buy a bigger boat usually scrap their existing vessel and buy extra tonnage from the market.’
    • ‘Under the law, the retailer must refund the money for the goods and also pay an extra amount of compensation to the consumer.’
    • ‘One thing I really like about DVDs is the amount of extra material which is included in them.’
    • ‘There is the normal amount of extra traffic here at rush hour.’
    • ‘It does have a certain amount of extra interest in it because of the potential role of the congressman.’
    • ‘If the council is going to stick to this plan it is essential it accepts a small amount of extra waste properly bagged and placed alongside the grey bin.’
    • ‘Concerns were expressed about the amount of extra traffic and noise generated once the scheme starts, probably in February.’
    • ‘We're only talking here about 1 per cent of taxpayers paying the extra amount.’
    • ‘The council has agreed to pay £500 compensation and an extra amount if Mrs Strachan cannot now buy the lodge.’
    • ‘There was no traffic-flow study or any analysis of environmental impact of the extra traffic on the existing users of the Fulford Road.’
    • ‘From the traffic point of view I wouldn't think that the small amount of extra traffic generated from the number of units planned is a great concern.’
    • ‘If it doesn't involve me personally receiving a large amount of extra cash each month, then frankly I'm not interested.’
    • ‘The hospital is also criticised for the amount of extra hours worked by staff, a lack of employee appraisals and the response rate to the questionnaire.’
    • ‘An eloquent minister, at either level, could expect to win an extra amount in budget discussions.’
    additional, more, added, supplementary, supplemental, further, auxiliary, ancillary, subsidiary, secondary, attendant, accessory
    other, another, new, fresh
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  • 1[as submodifier] To a greater extent than usual; especially.

    ‘he is trying to be extra good’
    • ‘Let's take some time for ourselves, and make our sewing rooms extra special!’
    • ‘So we must make an extra special effort this year and see if we can win it outright!’
    • ‘I made an extra special effort to capture the essence of her performance through the lens of my daughter's digital camera.’
    • ‘You're the one who always comes up with that extra cool, extra special way of doing any project.’
    • ‘Drivers are extra cautious along that particular stretch of the national highway, lest any cattle should cross the road.’
    • ‘And as an extra special appreciation of his service I left him twenty of the twenty-five pence to spend on whatever he wanted.’
    • ‘They have issued a warning to people to be extra vigilant especially as the dark winter evenings set in.’
    • ‘British tourists in Kenya have been warned to be extra vigilant, particularly in the capital, Nairobi.’
    • ‘The money raised will go to try and make an extra special Christmas for his three young children.’
    • ‘When the cheers go up in Carlow on Sunday, let's hear an extra special one for the mums.’
    • ‘Make the holidays extra special for those on your gift list by sending them a polar bear or snowy owl gift adoption today.’
    • ‘I also resolve to read the Guardian extra hard when I get home.’
    • ‘Although the entire river is held to be sacred, Hindus believe that its source is of an extra special sanctity.’
    • ‘Two hours later, Mother would have a start on the dinner, an extra special dinner judging by the smell.’
    • ‘Local people are being asked to make an extra special effort to give blood on the day.’
    • ‘To make this an extra special night out a complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie will be served!’
    • ‘People mattered, and especially that one extra special person on which his world hinged.’
    • ‘He said the firm tried to organise two different types of events every year for its staff and this time wanted to make an extra special effort.’
    • ‘Unlike comic books, you have to think extra hard when you read novels because there are no pictures in novels!’
    • ‘Hopefully, the sun will return this Thursday night to make the evening an extra special one.’
    exceptionally, particularly, specially, especially, very, extremely, singularly, peculiarly, distinctly
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  • 2In addition.

    ‘installation will cost about £60 extra’
    • ‘If you want to buy a bottle - bring back a bottle or else be charged 30c extra for the new bottle.’
    • ‘She then asks how much extra it'll cost to get me added on once I pass my driving test.’
    • ‘They often take you to the destination and charge a little extra.’
    • ‘While some restaurants charge extra for parcelling, the rest provide parcel facility as an add-on service.’
    • ‘This meant he could help another child whose parents needed a little extra for some necessity or other.’
    • ‘A cassette player is considered an option and costs extra.’
    • ‘The difference in the charges would be 60p extra for a two to three hour stay and 80p for a three to four hour stay.’
    • ‘The dealer told me they would be glad to, but it would cost several hundred dollars extra.’
    • ‘This is despite the fact that cinema owners are notorious for charging at least Rs.10 extra on the ticket price.’
    • ‘As well as the weekly hotel costs, everything else costs extra.’
    • ‘Check how much extra it will cost you to pay your insurance premium monthly.’
    • ‘As long as I do this before paying, the barman can charge me extra for a table if he likes, so an argument in Spanish is hopefully avoided.’
    • ‘I went to Walt and said, I'd to play that part, too and I won't charge you a nickel extra.’
    • ‘It will cost about £25,000 extra a month to keep airborne and all the money is raised by public donations.’
    • ‘It cost us 19 seconds extra to pull the bodywork away to get the wheel off and then to get the other wheel on.’
    • ‘Some boats make an additional charge for all pre-packaged drinks, whereas others charge extra only for alcoholic tipples.’
    • ‘There are certainly savings to be made but picking the wrong tariff could cost you £100 extra a year.’
    • ‘Be sure to buy a comfortable chair, and spend extra for it if necessary.’
    • ‘The 10 extra we reported last week are in addition to this figure.’
    • ‘And apparently those that are improving their parking situation, are going to charge extra for it.’
    in addition, additionally, as well, also, too, besides, over and above that, further, into the bargain, to boot
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  • 1An item in addition to what is usual or strictly necessary.

    ‘I had an education with all the extras’
    • ‘We always try to include extras that either supplement the gameplay, or provide a key incentive to buying the guide.’
    • ‘Each is necessary to provide the little extras for family and quality of life.’
    • ‘A few hours later she drove away in her vehicle of choice - purchased on her terms, with no expensive extras or add-ons.’
    • ‘If this is successful, it'll likely be the major earner, an obvious analogy being the add-on channels sold by cable TV companies as extras to the basic package.’
    • ‘Second line gear are necessary extras that are included in load bearing equipment or tactical vests.’
    • ‘There are no fancy extras or softening touches; strictly A to B motoring at its most basic.’
    • ‘My only real complaint with this disc is the complete lack of extras.’
    • ‘Does building a perfectly accessible site mean all usability extras should be perfectly accessible, too?’
    • ‘Apart from video projection, you won't see the kind of extras that accompanied Sinha's earlier work, such as on-stage musicians or props.’
    • ‘At least we have these disks to remember the show by, complemented by extras that demonstrate the passion and commitment that went into the show.’
    • ‘From an extras perspective, were separate writer commentary tracks completely necessary?’
    • ‘It is a shame, however, that it did not invest more time on the accompanying extras.’
    • ‘The extras included are quite extensive for a non-modular power supply and come in their own separate box.’
    • ‘I'd need another half page to list the cabin extras (never a necessity with a 5 - Series, by the way).’
    • ‘Personally, I'd like to see a box set of all three games hit the shelves complete with some extras and fancy artwork.’
    • ‘For completists, the revealing extras include new amateur footage, the highlight being a previously unheard song.’
    • ‘It will take you a long time to work your way through the extensive extras.’
    • ‘Total remuneration includes not just salary but bonuses or the value of benefit-in-kind extras such as company cars.’
    • ‘Bike kit is noticeably cheaper in the US so buy any extras or accessories you may need once there.’
    • ‘Stock the car with a diaper bag filled with all the necessary extras so you'll always be prepared.’
    addition, supplement, adjunct, addendum, add-on, bonus, accompaniment, complement, companion, additive, extension, appendage, accessory, attachment, retrofit
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    1. 1.1An item for which an additional charge is made.
      ‘the price includes all major charges—there are no hidden extras’
      • ‘As well as shipping costs, check for hidden extras such as courier handling charges.’
      • ‘There are no buyer's premiums at fairs and no hidden extras.’
      • ‘That's to say, there's an overall charge but absolutely no extras, whatever you do, whatever you eat or drink.’
      • ‘And budgeting for hidden extras as well as day-to-day expenses can be quite tough.’
      • ‘Why not a booklet listing all the extras available and the charge for each?’
      • ‘Many adverts failed to include compulsory hidden extras in the price, such as security fees, tickets or departure fees or under-occupancy supplements.’
      • ‘There were immense black plumes at each corner and a black velvet pall covered the coffin… but these were charged as extras!’
      • ‘It's a charge on US and if you try to charge us hidden extras, we'll just take all our money out of the banks and put them under the duvet!’
      • ‘The price is all inclusive with no hidden extras.’
      • ‘Fly-drives to Florida were also going cheap at £280, though watch out for the hidden extras on car insurance.’
      • ‘This place charges for extras such as canned and alcoholic drinks, use of the satphone and the small daily diving fee for villagers.’
      • ‘Any extra that the doctor charges is the gap fee and the patient has to pay it.’
    2. 1.2A person engaged temporarily to fill out a crowd scene in a film or play.
      ‘the film used an army of extras’
      • ‘However, what they need now is actors to fill the major parts and to act as extras to fill out the crowd scenes.’
      • ‘The role of the troops is strictly to be extras, as needed, for a Rick Mercer TV special.’
      • ‘Together they agreed on casting black extras in crowd scenes and in a wider range of roles while refraining from pejorative humor.’
      • ‘Andrew Bunney, who runs the upmarket men's outfitters, Robert Bunney hopes that he and his wife and their two daughters will be making a brief appearance in the film as extras.’
      • ‘Most women MPs would be reduced to nothing more than add-ons, extras on the political stage.’
      • ‘TV, where football gets most of its money, regards supporters as extras on a film set in that full grounds are needed to create the atmosphere which makes the game a spectacle.’
      • ‘Brainne also needs dozens of extras for background scenes.’
      • ‘He was known for his temper tantrums, raging over such things as inauthentic headdresses for a film's extras.’
      • ‘I reckon the extras from that film all drink in this pub.’
      • ‘All the world's a stage and if you want to play your part on the big screen, then there's a new way to get there, thanks to the first Irish casting agency for film extras.’
      • ‘Ultimately, he was referred to a casting agency, which got him a part as an extra in a crowd scene for the film Deep Impact.’
      • ‘Film and TV extras or background artistes (supporting artistes, as they are sometimes known) are a strange lot.’
      • ‘Between them they portray a host of colourful characters in a small Irish village all wanting to be extras in a Hollywood film.’
      • ‘As if to confirm this, the ‘mobsters’ at the next table turn out to be film extras - although I still have dark doubts about Luigi.’
      • ‘Many of the inhabitants, mostly poor Christians, were thrilled to have a film set in their village - and even agreed to serve as extras in a crowd scene.’
      • ‘New Zealand's army was cast as extras for large battle scenes in the film, but was forced to back out due to having to serve as peacekeepers in East Timor.’
      • ‘This wasn't released until 1954, as after the war Riefenstahl was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser and of using concentration camp inmates as extras for the film.’
      • ‘Last night while I was waiting to get let into dinner, two extras from the short film that's being shot on campus were there, killing time and shooting the breeze.’
      • ‘To his credit, Polanski pays tribute to the many Poles who made this film possible, working as extras for the crowd scenes and in technical capacities as well.’
      • ‘Though hired as extras on the film, they're still living on the streets, around places like this in downtown Cape Town.’
      walk-on, supernumerary, spear carrier
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    3. 1.3Cricket A run scored other than from a hit with the bat, credited to the batting side rather than to a batsman.
      • ‘The batsmen were also helped by some wayward bowling with 61 extras, including 40 wides, being conceded.’
      • ‘Was England's total at Kingston the highest in which the highest score came from extras?’
      • ‘Stephens gave himself an early St David's Day present with the extras to complete the scoring.’
      • ‘However, with 5 dropped catches and 30 extras all was not necessarily well with the Windies.’
      • ‘Andy Bowness added the extras to complete a low scoring half 6-4 to Silsden.’
    4. 1.4dated A special issue of a newspaper.
      ‘she stood under an awning and read the extra’
      • ‘The last time The Chronicle published an extra was Feb. 1, 2003, when the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over East Texas.’
      • ‘Yes, it was a sprint on the first day to produce two extras and then the Sunday newspaper but this story will be with us for months and we have to respond accordingly.’
      • ‘In an effort to discount the news a German paper published an extra that a decisive would be fought within the next few days.’
      newspaper, paper, tabloid, broadsheet, journal, periodical, weekly, organ, news-sheet, newsletter, bulletin
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Mid 17th century (as an adjective): probably a shortening of extraordinary, suggested by similar forms in French and German.