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noun [countable/uncountable]     surplus pronunciation in British English
/ˈsɜː(r)pləs/
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  1. 1
    more of something than is necessary

    Keep one cup of the liquid and throw away the surplus.

    surplus of:

    Brussels has a surplus of hospital beds.

  2. 2
    economics an amount of money or goods that is left because a country or business has more than it needs

    Congress is debating whether to spend the budget surplus.

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