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Looking for a word that means 'far more than necessary. Like if I needed 5 apples, but got 25, my gain or success would be described as...X. I think I may have heard 'overt' used like this in the past, but not sure. Not exactly like 'major increase', and basically the opposite of 'marginal'. Thank you guys!

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The word I immediately thought of, which sounds similar to overt, is overkill:

[Merriam-Webster]
2 : an excess of something (such as a quantity or an action) beyond what is required or suitable for a particular purpose
    // publicity overkill
    // an overkill in weaponry

In describing the situation in the question, you might way the following:

Buying 25 apples for a pie is overkill.

It has a more literal sense, but is often used in this figurative sense too.

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OED

excessive (adjective)

2. Of qualities, states, actions, magnitudes, etc.

b. Exceeding what is right, proportionate, or desirable; immoderate, inordinate, extravagant.

1875 B. Jowett in tr. Plato Dialogues (ed. 2) III. 681 A single night of excessive rain..left the rock of the Acropolis bare.

Merriam Webster

excessive (adjective): exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal

Collins:

excessive (adjective)

1 (adjective) in the sense of immoderate: The length of the prison sentence was excessive considering the nature of the crime.

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Those apples are surplus or superfluous.

Surplus (adjective): More than what is needed or used; excess. [Lexico]

Superfluous (adjective): Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough. [Lexico]

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glut (n.) 1530s, "a gulp, a swallowing," from glut (v.). Meaning "condition of being full or sated" is 1570s; mercantile sense "superabundance, oversupply of a commodity on the market" first recorded 1590s.

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superabundance. noun. A condition of going or being beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate.

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