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’
    • ‘Under the law, the retailer must refund the money for the goods and also pay an extra amount of compensation to the consumer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Significant amounts of extra cash have been pumped in nationally and from local authorities and people expect to see results.’
    • ‘We're only talking here about 1 per cent of taxpayers paying the extra amount.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If it doesn't involve me personally receiving a large amount of extra cash each month, then frankly I'm not interested.’
    • ‘The amount of these extra payments differs from one bank to another.’
    • ‘You will also be able to buy amounts of extra pension.’
    • ‘However, the deal stipulates they cannot take the payout and bring separate proceedings for an 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.’
    • ‘There is the normal amount of extra traffic here at rush hour.’
    • ‘An eloquent minister, at either level, could expect to win an extra amount in budget discussions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fishermen who want to trade up and buy a bigger boat usually scrap their existing vessel and buy extra tonnage from the market.’
    • ‘Vitamin D from food contained only about 10 per cent of our needs and people needed to get extra amounts from sunbathing.’
    • ‘One thing I really like about DVDs is the amount of extra material which is included in them.’
    • ‘Concerns were expressed about the amount of extra traffic and noise generated once the scheme starts, probably in February.’
    • ‘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.’
    additional, more, added, supplementary, supplemental, further, auxiliary, ancillary, subsidiary, secondary, attendant, accessory
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Mid 17th century (as an adjective): probably a shortening of extraordinary, suggested by similar forms in French and German.