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

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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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 But the firm habitually overcharged clients, the SEC found, raking in $170 million between 1998 and 2015 by marking up expenses in violation of banking regulations. BostonGlobe.com, "Commonwealth Fusion Systems raises $115m," 28 June 2019 In other news: Zillow says Kentucky is overcharging for public real estate records. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Central Kentucky – and possibly Southern Indiana – is getting a CBD oil production," 9 May 2019 Francis was arrested in San Diego in 2013 and pleaded guilty to defrauding the Navy out of at least $34 million by overcharging ships for fuel and security in western Pacific ports of call. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Admiral that oversaw Gallagher prosecution implicated in ‘Fat Leonard’ probe, Navy documents indicate," 5 Aug. 2019 Soon after, the tweet went viral and #RahulBoseMoment started trending on Twitter with people sharing stories of when and where they were overcharged. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian brands are going bananas over JW Marriott’s $6-a-pair bananas," 29 July 2019 Customers call out Precision for overcharging and having poor customer service. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "'Garage-Door Guy' who stiffed Arizona customers caught in 2011 'Dateline NBC' sting," 18 June 2019

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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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