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

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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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 Some customers sued in 2011, arguing that Apple is abusing its monopoly by overcharging customers. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Apple hopes to stop a customer lawsuit over its App Store monopoly," 27 Nov. 2018 Federal authorities also charged Parmar with wire fraud, accusing him of overcharging Uber riders by inputting false information about their destinations. Jim Mustian, The Seattle Times, "Uber driver charged with kidnapping New York woman," 17 Oct. 2018 The state’s top cop is suing Sutter, accusing one of the nation’s biggest health systems of systematically overcharging patients and illegally driving out competition in Northern California. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "California Hospital Giant Sutter Health Faces Heavy Backlash On Prices," 16 May 2018 Prosecutors’ complaint in that case says that a subcontractor overcharged for some work and charged for other work that wasn’t performed, then gave Mr. Paulino some of the proceeds. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Charges Expected Over Construction in Bloomberg Buildings in New York," 10 Dec. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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