Meaning of “extraordinary” in the English Dictionary

"extraordinary" in British English

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extraordinaryadjective

uk /ɪkˈstrɔː.dɪn.ər.i/ us /ɪkˈstrɔːr.dən.er.i/

B1 very unusual, special, unexpected, or strange:

He told the extraordinary story of his escape.
Her voice had an extraordinary hypnotic quality.
an extraordinary coincidence
extraordinary meeting

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  • We witnessed the extraordinary sight of an old lady climbing a tree to rescue her cat.
  • The rain forest is home to many extraordinary creatures.
  • She has an extraordinary memory and can remember details and names that I've long forgotten.
  • Whatever is that extraordinary object in the sky?
  • Eastern Europe was completely transformed by the extraordinary events of 1989 and 1990.

(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 ever forget her.
extraordinarily
adverb us /ɪkˌstrɔr·dənˈer·ə·li/

(Definition of “extraordinary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"extraordinary" in Business English

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extraordinaryadjective

uk /ɪkˈstrɔːdənəri/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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