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"extraordinary" in British English

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extraordinaryadjective

uk   /ɪkˈstrɔː.dɪn.ər.i/  us   /-ˈstrɔːr.dən.er-/
B1 very ​unusual, ​special, ​unexpected, or ​strange: He told the extraordinary ​story of his ​escape. Her ​voice had an extraordinary ​hypnoticquality. an extraordinary ​coincidenceextraordinary meeting a ​specialmeeting that ​happens between ​regularmeetings

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(Definition of extraordinary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"extraordinary" in American English

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extraordinaryadjective

 us   /ɪkˈstrɔr·dənˌer·i/
very ​unusual and ​special; different in ​type or ​greater in ​degree than the ​usual or ​ordinary: Being ​chairman gave him an extraordinary ​sense of ​power. She was an extraordinary woman, and no one will ​everforget her.
extraordinarily
adverb  us   /ɪkˌstrɔr·dənˈer·ə·li/
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"extraordinary" in Business English

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extraordinaryadjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈstrɔːdənəri/
very unusual, ​special, or unexpected: extraordinary accomplishment/achievement/effort It's an extraordinary accomplishment to be able to ​run a ​successfulproject for 40 ​years. After a ​roughstart, 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 ​happenregularly: The ​oil spill was ​handled as an extraordinary ​expense - a non-recurring, ​one-timeevent.
[before noun] used to describe something that does not ​happenregularly but that is ​arranged for a ​specialpurpose: They ​convened an extraordinary ​meeting of ​shareholders to discuss the ​issue.
(Definition of extraordinary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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