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

Synonyms & Antonyms for overcharge


gouge, soak, sting, surcharge



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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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Stafford claims Minnehaha Transportation has been overcharging the school. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Costly academic turnaround takes St. Paul charter school from ‘buckets of cash’ to deep in debt," 10 July 2019 The state’s utility regulators signed off Tuesday on a settlement with Florida Power & Light Co. that consumer advocates say could better protect customers from being overcharged for storm preparation or recovery. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "State regulators back FPL’s move to better track storm expenses," 9 July 2019 The legal document outlines a nearly 20-year history of overcharging smartphone makers for cellular chips. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 Later, it was revealed in a draft audit that the company had overcharged the government for fuel purchases by $61 million. CBS News, "Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract," 30 June 2019 The Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with whether to allow a 40-year-old legal doctrine to derail a class-action lawsuit arguing that Apple uses its monopoly control over the iPhone app market to overcharge customers for apps. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Apple hopes to stop a customer lawsuit over its App Store monopoly," 27 Nov. 2018 Banks and brokerages complain that the NYSE, Nasdaq and other exchanges overcharge for data that is essential in today’s electronic markets. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Brokers Notch Wins in Fight Over NYSE, Nasdaq Data Practices," 27 Sep. 2018 In the Nepali government investigation that led to the new rules for trekking companies, the report accused both Flight Connection International and Swacon of producing fraudulent invoices and overcharging insurance companies. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Near Everest’s slopes, a helicopter rescue fraud preys on trekkers," 4 Sep. 2018 Tony Cook/IndyStar Lawyers for drivers who were overcharged for licenses by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles say the agency is still dragging its feet in a case that has stretched out more than 16 years. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "BMV accused of contempt in license overcharge case for delaying some refunds," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of overcharge

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

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The first known use of overcharge was in the 14th century

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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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