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1surcharge

transitive verb sur·charge \ˈsər-ˌchärj\

Definition of SURCHARGE

1
a :  overcharge
b :  to charge an extra fee
c :  to show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
2
British :  overstock
3
:  to fill or load to excess <the atmosphere…was surcharged with war hysteria — H. A. Chippendale>
4
a :  to mark a surcharge on (a stamp)
b :  overprint <surcharge a banknote>

Examples of SURCHARGE

  1. <contends that with the present tax structure, the state's lower-income residents are being surcharged and the wealthiest residents are getting off too lightly>

Origin of SURCHARGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French surcharger, from sur- + charger to load, charge — more at charge
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to SURCHARGE

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer

2surcharge

noun

: an amount of money that must be paid in addition to the regular price

Full Definition of SURCHARGE

1
a :  an additional tax, cost, or impost
b :  an extra fare <a sleeping car surcharge>
c :  an instance of surcharging an account
2
:  an excessive load or burden
3
:  the action of surcharging :  the state of being surcharged
4
a (1) :  an overprint on a stamp; specifically :  one that alters the denomination (2) :  a stamp bearing such an overprint
b :  an overprint on a currency note

Examples of SURCHARGE

  1. The airline has added a $20 fuel surcharge on all international flights.

First Known Use of SURCHARGE

15th century

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer

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