overcharge

verb
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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Other Words from overcharge

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 But, when an entire nation is out for blood, prosecutors can feel pressured to overcharge defendants. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, "Who Is the Floyd Family’s Lawyer?," 15 June 2020 Last year, Cohan settled out of court for the rent he had been overcharged over the years. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "“Can’t Pay May”: Making Rent in New York City During the Pandemic," 18 May 2020 The contract was needed, city officials said, to fix the utility’s billing system after hundreds of thousands of customers were overcharged. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "A city auditor was investigating DWP contracts. She says she was warned not to be ‘thorough’," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities in states including Florida were forwarding to the nation’s online retail giants — including Amazon, Walmart and eBay — reports that third-party sellers on their sites were overcharging. Time, "Coronavirus Price Gouging Complaints Surge Across U.S.," 20 Mar. 2020 Authorities in states including Florida were forwarding to the nation’s online retail giants — including Amazon, Walmart and eBay — reports that third-party sellers on their sites were overcharging. Reese Dunklin And Justin Pritchard, Houston Chronicle, "$10 toilet paper? Coronavirus gouging complaints surge in US," 20 Mar. 2020 Technical issues, virtual interviews, remote concerts, and overcharged children bring their own set of issues, but also their own entertainment in these trying times. Nick Romano, EW.com, "5 best moments to happen on late-night TV since the quarantine," 3 Apr. 2020 Although New York’s attorney general has denounced excessive prices, and ordered merchants to stop overcharging people for hand sanitizers and disinfectant sprays, state laws against price gouging generally don’t apply to government purchases. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment," 2 Apr. 2020 The policy has since been changed and citizens who believe they have been overcharged have been welcomed to approach MPD and ask for a refund. 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 11 Aug. 2020.

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overcharge

verb
How to pronounce overcharge (audio)

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)

overcharge

verb
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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