Meaning of extra in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛkstrə/

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  • 1Added to an existing or usual amount or number; additional.

    ‘they offered him an extra thirty-five cents an hour’
    • ‘a lot of extra work is involved’
    • ‘breakfast is extra, but there are tea and coffee facilities’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vitamin D from food contained only about 10 per cent of our needs and people needed to get extra amounts from sunbathing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will also be able to buy amounts of extra pension.’
    • ‘There was no traffic-flow study or any analysis of environmental impact of the extra traffic on the existing users of the Fulford Road.’
    • ‘Concerns were expressed about the amount of extra traffic and noise generated once the scheme starts, probably in February.’
    • ‘However, the deal stipulates they cannot take the payout and bring separate proceedings for an extra amount.’
    • ‘Fishermen who want to trade up and buy a bigger boat usually scrap their existing vessel and buy extra tonnage from the market.’
    • ‘The amount of these extra payments differs from one bank to another.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Significant amounts of extra cash have been pumped in nationally and from local authorities and people expect to see results.’
    • ‘The council has agreed to pay £500 compensation and an extra amount if Mrs Strachan cannot now buy the lodge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're only talking here about 1 per cent of taxpayers paying the extra amount.’
    additional, more, added, supplementary, supplemental, further, auxiliary, ancillary, subsidiary, secondary, attendant, accessory
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  • 2 informal predicative Excessive or extravagant.

    • ‘‘crudité’ is so extra—just call it a snack’
    • ‘she matched her outfit to her car because she's extra’
    • ‘Why do you always have to be so extra?’
    • ‘He's so extra with all his friends around.’
    • ‘Despite being a reality series, the cast members were all so extra, it was a joy to watch.’
    • ‘They're really extra and glamorous.’
    • ‘This just seems really extra and kind of unnecessary, but still pretty cool nonetheless.’
    • ‘We were really extra with our costumes which we later found out were well over the top compared to everyone else.’
    • ‘Of course, you can go totally extra and add a few other colors for a rainbow vibe that's totally unique.’
    • ‘She's larger than life on the screen because everything about her is extra.’
    • ‘Her Halloween decorations are as extra as you'd imagine.’
    • ‘ It is so ridiculously extra, and it works for them.’


  • 1as submodifier To a greater extent than usual; especially.

    ‘he is trying to be extra good’
    • ‘People mattered, and especially that one extra special person on which his world hinged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two hours later, Mother would have a start on the dinner, an extra special dinner judging by the smell.’
    • ‘British tourists in Kenya have been warned to be extra vigilant, particularly in the capital, Nairobi.’
    • ‘Hopefully, the sun will return this Thursday night to make the evening an extra special one.’
    • ‘To make this an extra special night out a complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie will be served!’
    • ‘Although the entire river is held to be sacred, Hindus believe that its source is of an extra special sanctity.’
    • ‘When the cheers go up in Carlow on Sunday, let's hear an extra special one for the mums.’
    • ‘So we must make an extra special effort this year and see if we can win it outright!’
    • ‘Local people are being asked to make an extra special effort to give blood on the day.’
    • ‘The money raised will go to try and make an extra special Christmas for his three young children.’
    • ‘They have issued a warning to people to be extra vigilant especially as the dark winter evenings set in.’
    • ‘Make the holidays extra special for those on your gift list by sending them a polar bear or snowy owl gift adoption today.’
    • ‘Let's take some time for ourselves, and make our sewing rooms extra special!’
    • ‘I also resolve to read the Guardian extra hard when I get home.’
    • ‘Unlike comic books, you have to think extra hard when you read novels because there are no pictures in novels!’
    exceptionally, particularly, specially, especially, very, extremely, singularly, peculiarly, distinctly
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  • 2In addition.

    ‘installation will cost about £60 extra’
    • ‘A cassette player is considered an option and costs extra.’
    • ‘As well as the weekly hotel costs, everything else costs extra.’
    • ‘It will cost about £25,000 extra a month to keep airborne and all the money is raised by public donations.’
    • ‘She then asks how much extra it'll cost to get me added on once I pass my driving test.’
    • ‘There are certainly savings to be made but picking the wrong tariff could cost you £100 extra a year.’
    • ‘The dealer told me they would be glad to, but it would cost several hundred dollars extra.’
    • ‘Check how much extra it will cost you to pay your insurance premium monthly.’
    • ‘It cost us 19 seconds extra to pull the bodywork away to get the wheel off and then to get the other wheel on.’
    • ‘The 10 extra we reported last week are in addition to this figure.’
    • ‘This meant he could help another child whose parents needed a little extra for some necessity or other.’
    • ‘Be sure to buy a comfortable chair, and spend extra for it if necessary.’
    • ‘I went to Walt and said, I'd to play that part, too and I won't charge you a nickel extra.’
    • ‘They often take you to the destination and charge a little extra.’
    • ‘Some boats make an additional charge for all pre-packaged drinks, whereas others charge extra only for alcoholic tipples.’
    • ‘While some restaurants charge extra for parcelling, the rest provide parcel facility as an add-on service.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And apparently those that are improving their parking situation, are going to charge extra for it.’
    • ‘This is despite the fact that cinema owners are notorious for charging at least Rs.10 extra on the ticket price.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you want to buy a bottle - bring back a bottle or else be charged 30c extra for the new bottle.’
    in addition, additionally, as well, also, too, besides, over and above that, on top, on top of 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’
    • ‘Second line gear are necessary extras that are included in load bearing equipment or tactical vests.’
    • ‘Stock the car with a diaper bag filled with all the necessary extras so you'll always be prepared.’
    • ‘I'd need another half page to list the cabin extras (never a necessity with a 5 - Series, by the way).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Total remuneration includes not just salary but bonuses or the value of benefit-in-kind extras such as company cars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Personally, I'd like to see a box set of all three games hit the shelves complete with some extras and fancy artwork.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For completists, the revealing extras include new amateur footage, the highlight being a previously unheard song.’
    • ‘Bike kit is noticeably cheaper in the US so buy any extras or accessories you may need once there.’
    • ‘It is a shame, however, that it did not invest more time on the accompanying extras.’
    • ‘From an extras perspective, were separate writer commentary tracks completely necessary?’
    • ‘Each is necessary to provide the little extras for family and quality of life.’
    • ‘There are no fancy extras or softening touches; strictly A to B motoring at its most basic.’
    • ‘A few hours later she drove away in her vehicle of choice - purchased on her terms, with no expensive extras or add-ons.’
    • ‘Does building a perfectly accessible site mean all usability extras should be perfectly accessible, too?’
    • ‘We always try to include extras that either supplement the gameplay, or provide a key incentive to buying the guide.’
    • ‘My only real complaint with this disc is the complete lack of extras.’
    • ‘The extras included are quite extensive for a non-modular power supply and come in their own separate box.’
    • ‘It will take you a long time to work your way through the extensive extras.’
    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’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘There were immense black plumes at each corner and a black velvet pall covered the coffin… but these were charged as extras!’
      • ‘Why not a booklet listing all the extras available and the charge for each?’
      • ‘That's to say, there's an overall charge but absolutely no extras, whatever you do, whatever you eat or drink.’
      • ‘As well as shipping costs, check for hidden extras such as courier handling charges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many adverts failed to include compulsory hidden extras in the price, such as security fees, tickets or departure fees or under-occupancy supplements.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are no buyer's premiums at fairs and no hidden extras.’
      • ‘And budgeting for hidden extras as well as day-to-day expenses can be quite tough.’
    2. 1.2A person engaged temporarily to fill out a crowd scene in a film or play.
      ‘the film used an army of 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Together they agreed on casting black extras in crowd scenes and in a wider range of roles while refraining from pejorative humor.’
      • ‘However, what they need now is actors to fill the major parts and to act as extras to fill out the crowd scenes.’
      • ‘Between them they portray a host of colourful characters in a small Irish village all wanting to be extras in a Hollywood film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Film and TV extras or background artistes (supporting artistes, as they are sometimes known) are a strange lot.’
      • ‘Though hired as extras on the film, they're still living on the streets, around places like this in downtown Cape Town.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brainne also needs dozens of extras for background scenes.’
      • ‘The role of the troops is strictly to be extras, as needed, for a Rick Mercer TV special.’
      • ‘Most women MPs would be reduced to nothing more than add-ons, extras on the political stage.’
      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 batter.
      ‘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?’
      • ‘However, with 5 dropped catches and 30 extras all was not necessarily well with the Windies.’
      • ‘Stephens gave himself an early St David's Day present with the extras to complete the scoring.’
      • ‘Andy Bowness added the extras to complete a low scoring half 6-4 to Silsden.’
    4. 1.4 dated A special issue of a newspaper.
      ‘she stood under an awning and read the extra’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The last time The Chronicle published an extra was Feb. 1, 2003, when the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over East Texas.’
      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.