over·​charge | \ ˌō-vər-ˈchärj How to pronounce overcharge (audio) \
overcharged; overcharging; overcharges

Definition of overcharge

transitive verb

1 : to charge too much or too fully
2 : to fill too full

intransitive verb

: to make an excessive charge

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overcharge \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌchärj How to pronounce overcharge (audio) \ noun

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Examples of overcharge in a Sentence

He overcharges for car repairs. He overcharges his customers for car repairs. The store overcharged me for my skirt.
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Recent Examples on the Web While Uber Eats and Door Dash adjusted their local charges to comply with the statute, Grubhub continued to overcharge restaurants, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 29 July 2021 One accuses the company of abusing its dominance in internet advertising to overcharge for advertisements. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2021 The auditor’s report came in response to complaints from some businesses that the board-up company recommended by the Police Department, 1-800-BoardUp, tried to significantly overcharge them. Anissa Durham, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2021 The tourism board recommends Sea Breeze Taxi and Tours; other companies have been known to overcharge tourists. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 23 June 2021 Most advisors aren’t sitting around the office thinking of new ways to underserve and overcharge clients. John Jennings, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Hightower was charged in 2015 with being part of a scam to overcharge Medicaid for adult diapers. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 20 May 2021 That enabled landlords to overcharge rents, either maliciously or by accident. Taha Laique, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 In response to the Public Utilities Commission ignoring Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s request to reverse its decision to overcharge customers by roughly $16 billion, Patrick asked Gov. Greg Abbott to intervene. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of overcharge

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Overcharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcharge. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overcharge

: to charge too much for something : to make someone pay too much money for something
: to give too much of an electric charge to (a battery)


over·​charge | \ ˌō-vər-ˈchärj How to pronounce overcharge (audio) \
overcharged; overcharging

Kids Definition of overcharge

: to charge too much money

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