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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Florida is one of the most competitive markets in the world for rental cars, and companies found a lucrative stream of revenue by overcharging their own customers who drive through highway toll booths without paying. Steve Bousquet, sun-sentinel.com, "Tourists got ripped off in Florida. The state offered refunds, but who knew? | Steve Bousquet," 13 Sep. 2019 Amazon had the best deal and didn't overcharge for printing. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Weekend project: Make a photo book in less than 10 minutes," 2 Sep. 2019 Councilman Julian Jones asked Rodgers whether officials believe a review will find that the county is being overcharged or undercharged — and whether a changed system would result in county residents paying more or less than before. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County, City to review water agreements, including rate calculations," 25 June 2019 Checks are due to begin arriving Monday for 1.7 million Oregon customers overcharged by Arco gas stations and am/pm convenience stores, which tacked on a 35-cent debit card fee to purchases without appropriate notice. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Arco and am/pm customers get $92 checks this week; consumer nonprofits get millions, too," 23 July 2019 Software developers have long complained that they are being overcharged to use the giants’ app stores. Gerrit De Vynck, latimes.com, "The power of Google and Amazon looms over tech IPOs," 1 July 2019 According to internal documents, local firms contracted to provide services at WHO’s Aden office were later found to have hired WHO staffers’ friends and family and overcharged for services. Washington Post, "AP: UN workers accused of fraud, theft in handling Yemen aid," 5 Aug. 2019 The cost to consumers there can spiral into the hundreds of thousands of dollars when corrupt contractors overcharge for subpar work, and sometimes fail to complete the job altogether. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "Home and auto scams top list of consumer complaints in 2018," 30 July 2019 The rollout was a debacle, with hundreds of thousands of customers overcharged. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Before the double-dealing allegations, there were red flags over $30-million DWP contract," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of overcharge

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

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24 Oct 2019

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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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