over·​age | \ ˌō-vər-ˈāj How to pronounce overage (audio) \
variants: or less commonly overaged \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈājd How to pronounce overage (audio) \

Definition of overage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : too old to be useful
2 : older than is normal for one's position, function, or grade


over·​age | \ ˈō-və-rij How to pronounce overage (audio) , ˈōv-rij \

Definition of overage (Entry 2 of 2)

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: Adjective 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 29-year-old Wood is one of New Zealand's three overage players permitted in a squad comprised largely of players under the age of 23. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 In fact, two of the three overage players France took to Japan, captain André-Pierre Gignac and forward Florian Thauvin, play in Mexico’s Liga MX. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 The retailer expanded its assortments in both Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack, while also reducing its inventory overage from the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 faster than expected. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Comcast notes that customers who go over the limit will receive a one-time credit waiving overage charges. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 Dec. 2021 While bids exceeded what the city budgeted, staff said the overage could be made up because the city underspent on projects in the East Highland area and Julian Street. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2021 With current contracts, pending RFAs and the bonus overage, this is what the Stars have left. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 28 June 2021 But for fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, and E, as well as minerals such as calcium and iron, according to Price, the overage can accumulate in bodily tissues over time. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2021 Medina Spirit, winner of the Kentucky Derby, tested positive for an overage of a legal anti-inflammatory medication after winning the Kentucky Derby. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overage


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for overage


over entry 2 + age


over entry 3 + -age

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“Overage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overage. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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

Legal Definition of overage

: an amount exceeding a certain sum or quantity: as
a : 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
b : an amount by which a payment or cost exceeds an expected or budgeted amount
c : surplus


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