Surplus and Want


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Surplus noun – The state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed.
Usage example: we have a surplus of plastic knives, but we're short on forks and spoons for the picnic

Want is an antonym for surplus in extra material topic.
Nearby Word: surplusage
Antonyms for Surplus


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Want noun – The fact or state of being absent.
Usage example: the proverb that begins, “for want of a nail, the shoe was lost”

Surplus is an antonym for want.
Nearby Words: wanting, wanted
Antonyms for Want
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How words are described

big big surplus big want
decent decent surplus decent want
former former surplus former want

Both words in one sentence

  • Masochist's Meal They see wide use in the military, where keeping up with one's nutritional needs on the go is a very high priority, but American civilians who really want to try them can easily purchase them at the local surplus store.
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