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.
Recent Examples on the Web So, overcharge for a Lightning today and your next Lightning order will be one vehicle short. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 31 July 2022 Insurers and PBMs have even devised schemes to overcharge patients for generic drugs. Howard Dean, Fortune, 26 July 2022 But there are some cases where ACI has been known to overcharge for its products, well above outside competitors. Joseph Darius Jaafari, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2022 Prosecutors may also overcharge defendants to pressure them into pleading guilty for a lesser charge, rather than take their case to trial, Farrell said. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2022 How did EZ Pass overcharge 6,000 Ohio accounts by seriously big margins? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 17 Dec. 2021 Private suppliers in many sectors such as infrastructure, defense and health care would overcharge the government at prices many times the market rate, offering kickbacks to the state officials involved. Stanislav Markus, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 The supply chain issues have left an opportunity for companies to fix prices and overcharge customers, the Justice Department said. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Police interrogated Hutchinson and also confronted him with their suspicion that he might be involved in a scheme to overcharge customers at Bruce Miller’s lot. Joseph Diaz, ABC News, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overcharge

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

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25 Aug 2022

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“Overcharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcharge. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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