extra Definition

  • 1added to what is normal or expected
  • 2beyond what is due or necessary
  • 3an item in addition to what is usual or strictly necessary

Using extra: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "extra" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I ordered extra cheese on my pizza.

  • Example

    She earned some extra money by working overtime.

  • Example

    The hotel charges extra for room service.

  • Example

    I have an extra ticket to the concert.

extra Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using extra

  • extra-curricular activities

    activities that take place outside of regular school hours and are not part of the academic curriculum


    She participates in several extra-curricular activities, including the debate team and the school newspaper.

  • extra-large

    larger than the usual size


    I need an extra-large shirt because I like my clothes to be loose.

  • very unusual or remarkable


    The magician's performance was truly extraordinary.

Phrases with extra

  • to make more effort than is expected of you


    He always goes the extra mile to help his customers.

  • additional time beyond what has been allocated or scheduled


    The game went into extra time because neither team had scored a goal.

  • something that is particularly good or impressive


    She made an extra special effort to decorate the house for the party.

Origins of extra

from Latin 'extra', meaning 'outside'


Summary: extra in Brief

The term 'extra' [ˈɛkstrə] refers to something added to what is normal or expected, beyond what is due or necessary. It can be used as an adjective or noun, as in 'I ordered extra cheese on my pizza.' 'Extra' extends into phrases like 'extra mile,' and idioms like 'extraordinary,' denoting something remarkable. It can also refer to activities outside of regular school hours, as in 'extra-curricular activities.'

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