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 Another troublesome piece of the analysis is the judges’ contention that the district overcharged Mesquite for a pipeline project. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "If you live in North Texas, you better hope Austin can end our suburban water war," 14 Feb. 2020 The State Corporation Commission, which oversees utilities, has estimated that Dominion overcharged consumers by $3.4 billion in the past 25 years. Washington Post, "Va. Senate committee kills bill to restore state oversight of Dominion rates," 3 Mar. 2020 An experienced event planner who was working for the inaugural, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, raised concerns directly with Donald and Ivanka Trump that the Trump International Hotel in Washington was trying to overcharge the inaugural committee. Ilya Marritz, ProPublica, "Donald and Ivanka Trump Were Involved in Inauguration’s Inflated Payments to Family Business, New Suit Says," 22 Jan. 2020 Jones declined to talk to a reporter last week, but his grandparents said in interviews he was overcharged in the case and that Bevin’s order was justified. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Freed by Matt Bevin after sodomy conviction, Dayton Jones might be going back to prison," 10 Jan. 2020 Health insurers have been compelled to refund nearly $92 million to Texas customers who were overcharged for plans purchased last year. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Texans overcharged $92 million by health insurers last year, refunds coming," 12 Sep. 2019 Also in 2018, AMP — Australia's top wealth management firm — lost its chairwoman after claims surfaced that the firm had regularly overcharged its customers. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Top bank CEO in Australia steps down over money laundering scandal," 26 Nov. 2019 Chief Lawrence Battiste admitted that his department had been accidentally overcharging citizens since at least late 2015, although former employees at the city impound say the practice has gone on for as long as 10 years. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Mobile judge questions seizure of tow trucks but stops short of ordering them returned," 1 Nov. 2019 The ban lasted 60 days over the summer after MPD officials accused the company of price gouging and overcharging customers. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Mobile judge questions seizure of tow trucks but stops short of ordering them returned," 1 Nov. 2019

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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 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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