Definition of surplus in US English:

surplus

noun

  • 1An amount of something left over when requirements have been met; an excess of production or supply over demand.

    ‘exports of food surpluses’
    • ‘In the West, a surplus of food supply has made obesity the main concern of adults, and slimness has been regarded as a symbol of health and beauty.’
    • ‘Using this approach shows a large surplus of housing supply, in contrast with the Inspector's finding of a small shortfall.’
    • ‘The most important actor in the development and expansion of this global food regime has been the US, which, at the end of the Second World War, was producing large food surpluses.’
    • ‘To be sure, the commitment was to some extent self-serving, in that food programs were designed to use up the surpluses produced by American agriculture.’
    • ‘One team with a surplus of pitching needs a center fielder.’
    • ‘None of this would have been possible without the development of agriculture and the capacity to produce a surplus of food that could be supplied to a sector of the population that was no longer responsible for feeding itself.’
    • ‘The decline of ostrich farming led to a rush into grape production and a surplus of fruit.’
    • ‘This meant food surpluses had to be produced at home.’
    • ‘Far from overflowing with a surplus of meaning, upon careful examination they display a deficit of meaning.’
    • ‘He said the distribution of the surplus basically amounted to a political and democratic choice.’
    • ‘As global tobacco production increases and consumption falls in the developed countries, the production surplus will aggressively seek developing country markets.’
    • ‘It has already suggested that farmers could be paid for maintaining the traditional landscape rather than for producing surpluses of cheap food by intensive methods.’
    • ‘Given the Reds' surplus of outfielders, the idea of trading Griffey is not preposterous.’
    • ‘After all the prizes have been met, the surplus is spent on things which will benefit all staff members, such as creating picnic and leisure areas.’
    • ‘As for food, farms are the only way to get it, but farms not only produce a surplus of food, they also support your existing army.’
    • ‘Currently none of the water stored in the reservoirs is used for irrigation, and the region enjoys a surplus of water supply.’
    • ‘After inheriting a new classroom and curriculum, I found myself with the challenge of incorporating a huge surplus of supplies into a new class structure.’
    • ‘The subsidized production and export of U.S. food surpluses to developing countries is a major cause of hunger.’
    • ‘Hunter-gatherer societies don't produce enough food surpluses to support those extra people.’
    • ‘He said Indonesia did not need to import shrimp as the nation had a production surplus.’
    excess, surfeit, overabundance, superabundance, superfluity, oversupply, oversufficiency, glut, profusion, plethora
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    1. 1.1 An excess of income or assets over expenditure or liabilities in a given period, typically a fiscal year.
      ‘a trade surplus of $1.4 billion’
      • ‘The federal government has been running huge budget surpluses for years, with more to come.’
      • ‘Since the 1950s, the United States has been running an agricultural trade surplus with the rest of the world.’
      • ‘West Germany was running a huge current account surplus, interest rates were low and the economy was booming.’
      • ‘Some have had surpluses at the end of each year.’
      • ‘He further said the narrowing surplus in the current account resulted from a narrowing surplus in the investment income account.’
      • ‘A series of deductions is made from it that tends to turn the surplus into a deficit.’
      • ‘Watch for government spending to rise rapidly while the surplus disappears and interest rates fall.’
      • ‘The treasurer in his report showed that the finances had a surplus at the end of the year.’
      • ‘Where the assets exceed the financial needs of both parties, why should the surplus belong solely to the husband?’
      • ‘This amount would decrease the surplus to slightly more than $100,000.’
      • ‘One reason is that Japan has a deep domestic savings pool and a massive current-account surplus.’
      • ‘For 2000, the current account surplus is likely to be a record 4.4 per cent of national output.’
      • ‘The economic contraction succeeded in generating the large trade surpluses needed to make debt payments.’
      • ‘Each year, the continent generates an export surplus of approximately five million tons.’
      • ‘The country's large current account surplus has also continued to grow against a backdrop of steadily deteriorating global growth.’
      • ‘State schools have suffered budget cuts as the surpluses in many state treasuries have quickly turned into nasty deficits.’
      • ‘However, the full benefit only applies to surpluses in excess of €100,000.’
      • ‘If the projected surpluses evaporated - and of course they have - the tax cuts should be suspended.’
      • ‘The notion that equity pre-funding financed by on-budget surpluses can increase capital accumulation buys into the fallacies that have driven policies of fiscal austerity.’
      • ‘It has $125 million of surplus of assets over liabilities.’
    2. 1.2 The excess value of a company's assets over the face value of its stock.
      • ‘For companies who need to commit resources a long while in advance in order to meet consumers' needs, an accurate understanding of the market environment is crucial if stock surpluses and shortages are to be avoided.’

adjective

  • 1More than what is needed or used; excess.

    ‘make the most of your surplus cash’
    • ‘However, the first use for surplus cash must be to reduce any outstanding debts.’
    • ‘We'd never encourage people to keep surplus funds in their current account.’
    • ‘We are being just as bad as schools who have surplus cash if we're not going to use it.’
    • ‘If the invested money yields high enough returns, they can pay off their mortgage early or have surplus cash.’
    • ‘Whenever I do have a little surplus cash - not very often may I add - my inclination would be to invest in art.’
    • ‘The statement said the loan would be serviced from surplus cash derived principally from hotel operations.’
    • ‘The drive for surplus value motivated employers to extend as well as intensify work.’
    • ‘Some banks with surplus cash distribute money to their neighbours.’
    • ‘Capital grows and expands through the appropriation of surplus labour from the working class.’
    • ‘At the same time, the US working day is becoming more intense as surplus labor grows.’
    • ‘Profits were boosted by lower costs and the money it earned on the surplus cash.’
    • ‘Moreover, there is increased competition from other products that means that consumers now decide whether to spend their surplus cash on a CD or DVD, for instance.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm not seeing them, but are there any policies that don't involve splashing the surplus cash around?’
    • ‘In other words, there was a huge reservoir of surplus capacity in the United States.’
    • ‘Farms with that much surplus income have a tremendous advantage in positioning themselves to become even more competitive.’
    • ‘The surplus cash remaining after the purchase of a more compact residence could be used for living expenses, or a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.’
    • ‘The rate of surplus value is given by the ratio of these two components.’
    • ‘Even some smaller Japanese companies with surplus cash and low debt loads aren't necessarily interested in shareholder value.’
    • ‘He added that any surplus cash is reclaimed by Westminster and given to other organisations that are short of money.’
    excess, excessive, in excess, leftover, left, unused, remaining, extra, additional, reserve, spare
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    1. 1.1 Denoting a store selling excess or out-of-date military equipment or clothing.
      ‘she had picked up her boots in an army surplus store’
      • ‘It's actually sort of a surplus store for paper.’
      • ‘I thought the surplus store would have them, but they only carry white, black, green and camos.’
      • ‘Military surplus gear, from camouflage clothing to boots and whatnots, make up a large part of his non-gun-related sales.’
      • ‘‘That's not the sort of thing you pick up at a military surplus store,’ he added.’
      • ‘Butler explains that Keefe discovered it in an educational surplus store.’
      • ‘It's big, dark, and smells as dank and musty as you'd expect of a place that's piled from floor to ceiling with stack after stack of surplus military clothing.’
      • ‘As soon as the war ended, surplus equipment started being sold on the streets of New York.’
      • ‘Using military surplus equipment like smoke grenades, searchlights, and small airplanes, the FWS herded the birds back into the refuges.’
      • ‘You can go to the military surplus store and get excellent dress black for a dollar or two.’
      • ‘This was during the early '60s, when the military surplus boom was in full swing.’
      • ‘Larry hustled off to the surplus store and bought 45 weather balloons and several large tanks of helium.’
      • ‘With its full automatic capability, the M14 was never offered for military surplus sale.’
      • ‘They find themselves scrounging from surplus stores and designing around what's available.’
      • ‘Grenade pouches that are sold at military surplus stores work, too.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French sourplus, from medieval Latin superplus, from super- ‘in addition’ + plus ‘more’.

Pronunciation

surplus

/ˈsərpləs//ˈsərpləs/