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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Other Words from overcharge

overcharge \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌchärj \ 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 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 The resident recently received a message stating they were overcharged and were due a refund, but the wrong amount was credited. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Employee punched during theft attempt at Lord & Taylor in Northbrook," 29 June 2018 Wilson allegedly overcharged by about $12,450, Cesan about $29,000, and Herman about $12,500. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "6 things to know about the trooper overtime fraud case," 27 June 2018 For example, in 2013, Chinese state media accused Jaguar Land Rover and Audi of overcharging buyers for car parts, which analysts viewed as part of a campaign to pressure those automakers to locate more manufacturing in China. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "If There’s a U.S.-China Trade War, China May Have Some ‘Unconventional Weapons’," 5 Apr. 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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