overpay

verb over·pay \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈpā \

Definition of overpay

overpaid play \ˌō-vər-ə-ˈpād\; overpaying
transitive + intransitive
: to pay too much to someone or for something
  • … the debate over whether organic foods are a smart choice for healthier living or a marketing tool that gulls people into overpaying.
  • —Kenneth Chang
  • It took my husband and me an hour with a representative to figure out we were overpaying for insurance and unlimited data plans.
  • —Tanisha A. Sykes
  • Be careful not to overpay state taxes.
  • —Carl T. Hall
  • We are not overpaying people; we are paying people what the market demands.
  • —Renee Glover

overpaid

adjective
    • … fuels the negative stereotype of the overpaid underworked bureaucrat.
    • —Joann S. Lublin

First Known Use of overpay

1664

in the meaning defined above

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