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over·​age ˌō-vər-ˈāj How to pronounce overage (audio)
variants or less commonly overaged
: too old to be useful
: older than is normal for one's position, function, or grade


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over·​age ˈō-və-rij How to pronounce overage (audio)

Examples of overage in a Sentence

Adjective The college has many overage students. The players were banned from the league for being overage. Noun They paid me back the overage. She kept track of the cost overages.
Recent Examples on the Web
Some owners include unlimited mileage in their rates, while others stipulate mileage limits and overage rates, so be sure to read listings carefully. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 June 2020 Undergraduate students taking over 16 credit hours will pay $75 per overage credit hour, while graduate students would pay $100 per hour over 12 credits. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 28 May 2020 After promising 60 days without data caps and overage fees for all customers, Comcast has decided to extend the data-cap waiver until at least June 30. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2020 None of this seems fair to customers who pay high base prices for Internet and then face unexpected data-overage charges. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2020 On defense, Kansas City blew overage on Kenny Stills on the opening possession, allowing him to walk into the end zone from 54 yards. Dave Skretta, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2020 There will also be no overdraft or overage fees for ATM and credit cards. NBC News, 19 Mar. 2020 The Olympic football tournament is predominantly an Under-23 competition but each country is permitted to include three overage players. Ben Church, CNN, 13 Feb. 2020 The Sox not only paid $26 million for Robert but shelled out almost that same amount in overage taxes to Major League Baseball. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 15 Aug. 2019
White had hoped to alter that arrangement in the lease so that county government got some of the overage. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Men's soccer rosters at the Olympics largely consist of under-23 players, but each country is permitted to field three overage players. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 There’s a 20% surcharge on all overages in the first year, 30% in the second year, and 50% for three or more consecutive years over the threshold. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 That could include examining not just monthly prices but also data overage charges and various other fees. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 Considering baggage overage fees start at $50 to $200 and up, this may be one of the most valuable money-saving hacks in your bag. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2023 In the current flat-cap world, most other NHL teams also have dead cap space due to buyouts and bonus overages. Carol Schram, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 Teams are allowed to exceed the allotment for picks by 5% before paying a 75% fine on the overage. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2023 The company is waiving talk, text and data overage charges during this time. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History



over entry 2 + age


over entry 3 + -age

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overage was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near overage

Cite this Entry

“Overage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overage. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
over·​age ˌō-və-ˈrāj How to pronounce overage (audio)
: older than is normal for one's position
overage students


2 of 2 noun
over·​age ˈōv-(ə-)rij How to pronounce overage (audio)

Legal Definition


over·​age ˈō-və-rij How to pronounce overage (audio)
: an amount exceeding a certain sum or quantity: as
: a percentage of the amount of sales grossed by a retail store that is paid under the terms of a lease in addition to a fixed rent
: an amount by which a payment or cost exceeds an expected or budgeted amount
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