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English definition of “extraordinary”


adjective     /ɪkˈstrɔːdənəri/
very unusual , special , or unexpected : extraordinary accomplishment/achievement/effort It's an extraordinary accomplishment to be able to run a successful project for 40 years . After a rough start , this year is shaping up to be a year of extraordinary growth for the company .
[before noun] ACCOUNTING used to describe a large cost or loss that does not happen regularly : The oil spill was handled as an extraordinary expense - a non-recurring, one-time event .
[before noun] used to describe something that does not happen regularly but that is arranged for a special purpose : They convened an extraordinary meeting of shareholders to discuss the issue .
(Definition of extraordinary adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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