- the excess of assets over liabilities accumulated throughout the existence of a business, excepting assets against which stock certificates have been issued; excess of net worth over capital-stock value.
- an amount of assets in excess of what is requisite to meet liabilities.
verb (used with object), sur·plussed or sur·plused,sur·plus·sing or sur·plus·ing.
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Origin of surplus
synonym study for surplus
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH surplussurplice, surplus
Example sentences from the Web for surplus
In a world where stress is in surplus, the last thing you need is your phone, tablet, or laptop dying on you.
San Diego lawmakers were forced to drop some of their signature priorities while the state’s massive budget surplus evaporated.Morning Report: The State’s Top Cop on the State of Policing|Voice of San Diego|October 5, 2020|Voice of San Diego
We also only use fabrics that pass quality and durability tests with the highest ratings, and when possible, try to use surplus material that we purchase from local NYC brands that otherwise would go to waste.The new workwear attire brand that launched when everyone is working from home|Rachel King|October 4, 2020|Fortune
The players that earn those surpluses can trade their credits for cash to slow-to-go-green, over-the-limit manufacturers that need them to offset their deficits and achieve compliance.Tesla’s biggest profit center is dangerously close to running out of power|Shawn Tully|September 30, 2020|Fortune
Realtors across the country are seeing a surplus in clients and a decrease in available homes.
British Dictionary definitions for surplus
noun plural -pluses
- an excess of total assets over total liabilities
- an excess of actual net assets over the nominal value of capital stock
- an excess of revenues over expenditures during a certain period of time
- an excess of government revenues over expenditures during a certain financial year
- an excess of receipts over payments on the balance of payments
Word Origin for surplus
Cultural definitions for surplus
An unsold quantity of a good resulting from a lack of equilibrium in a market. For example, if a price is artificially high, sellers will bring more goods to the market than buyers will be willing to buy. (Compare shortage.)