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1    an amount paid in addition to a standard rate, price, wage, etc.; bonus  
2    the amount paid or payable, usually in regular instalments, for an insurance policy  
3    the amount above nominal or par value at which something sells  
a    an offer of something free or at a specially reduced price as an inducement to buy a commodity or service  
b    (as modifier)  
a premium offer     
5    a prize given to the winner of a competition; award  
6      (U.S.)   an amount sometimes charged for a loan of money in addition to the interest  
7    great value or regard  
to put a premium on someone's services     
8    a fee, now rarely required, for instruction or apprenticeship in a profession or trade  
9    at a premium  
a    in great demand or of high value, usually because of scarcity  
b    above par  
     (C17: from Latin praemium prize, booty, reward)  

Premium Savings Bonds  
      pl n   (in Britain) bonds issued by the Treasury since 1956 for purchase by the public. No interest is paid but there is a monthly draw for cash prizes of various sums,   (Also called)    premium bonds  
share premium  
      n     (Brit)   the excess of the amount actually subscribed for an issue of corporate capital over its par value,   (Also called (esp. U.S.))    capital surplus  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    bonus, boon, bounty, fee, percentage     (informal)   perk     (Brit. informal)   perquisite, prize, recompense, remuneration, reward  
2    appreciation, regard, stock, store, value  
3    at a premium      beyond one's means, costly, expensive, hard to come by, in great demand, in short supply, like gold dust, not to be had for love or money, rare, scarce, valuable  

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