over·​charge | \ˌō-vər-ˈchärj \
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 \ noun

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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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The exchanges have denied overcharging for data or acting as monopolists, and are expected to ask a federal appeals court to overturn the SEC’s decision. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "SEC Ruling Takes Aim at Stock-Exchange Profits," 16 Oct. 2018 The system handles paperwork, confirms normal market pricing (so you aren’t overcharged) and provides standardized invoices and bills so your insurance company can pay you quickly and accurately. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Reckoning with water damage, from flooded basements to faulty dishwashers," 20 Sep. 2017 Lithium batteries are particularly susceptible to short-circuiting when exposed to extreme temperatures, overcharged, damaged, or packed too close together. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Lithium-Ion Batteries Banned on Airliners Over Fire Concerns," 23 Feb. 2016 The investigation stemmed from a 2011 class-action suit alleging State Street Bank overcharged institutional customers for foreign exchange trades. Andrea Estes, BostonGlobe.com, "Investigation alleges misconduct by Thornton Law Firm, recommends severe sanctions," 29 June 2018 The initiative, sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, argues that dialysis companies are overcharging patients and insurance outfits, even as patient care is suffering, especially in low-income communities. San Francisco Chronicle, "Dialysis clinic revenue would be capped under California ballot measure," 5 Apr. 2018 In Lehigh County, Controller Glenn Eckhart said his office’s fraud hotline has uncovered everything from scams targeting senior citizens to a vendor who had overcharged the county. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Delaware County never had a fraud hotline. Its new controller changed that," 7 June 2018 Some openly speculated about whether the company was simply overcharging or the price tag included kickbacks to Mr. Rajapaksa. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port," 25 June 2018 The bank has found instances of incorrect fees applied to certain assets and accounts that resulted in overcharging customers, according to the March filing. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo to Restructure Wealth Management Business," 18 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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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 \
overcharged; overcharging

Kids Definition of overcharge

: to charge too much money

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