surcharge

verb
sur·​charge | \ ˈsər-ˌchärj How to pronounce surcharge (audio) \
surcharged; surcharging; surcharges

Definition of surcharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

b : to charge an extra fee
c : to show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
2 British : overstock
3 : to fill or load to excess the atmosphere … was surcharged with war hysteria— H. A. Chippendale
4a : to mark a surcharge on (a stamp)
b : overprint surcharge a banknote

surcharge

noun

Definition of surcharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an additional tax, cost, or impost
b : an extra fare a sleeping car surcharge
c : an instance of surcharging an account
2 : an excessive load or burden
3 : the action of surcharging : the state of being surcharged
4a(1) : an overprint on a stamp specifically : one that alters the denomination
(2) : a stamp bearing such an overprint
b : an overprint on a currency note

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Synonyms & Antonyms for surcharge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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The Arab oil embargo of 1973 led airlines to add fuel surcharges to their passenger fares that were large enough to discourage air travel. Surcharges are usually added for special service. When you request a "rush job" from a service supplier, it will probably bring a surcharge along with it. A particularly difficult phone installation may carry a surcharge. An extra-large fine for a speeding offense after you've already had too many tickets could be called a surcharge. An added tax may be called a surcharge (or surtax) when it only affects people with incomes above a certain level. And if those low, low prices that show up in really big letters in ads for all kinds of services turn out to be misleading, it's probably because they don't include a bunch of surcharges that you won't find out about till later.

Examples of surcharge in a Sentence

Verb contends that with the present tax structure, the state's lower-income residents are being surcharged and the wealthiest residents are getting off too lightly Noun The airline has added a $20 fuel surcharge on all international flights.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The county had a fund balance of $6.6 million in school facilities surcharge revenues at the end of fiscal 2018. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County Council bill would significantly hike fees on developers to help build schools," 23 Aug. 2019 The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote, protects Americans from being refused or surcharged for insurance because of their medical history. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kamala Harris joins the club with a solid ‘Medicare for all’ proposal," 29 July 2019 Soil surcharging work done ... Over the last two years, the SpaceX site was essentially leveled, loaded with hundreds of tons of soil, plumbed with drainage pipes, and then left alone to have gravity do the rest of the work. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX gets Moon launches, South Korean rocket, BE-4 wins," 28 Sep. 2018 Cracks and joint separations are allowing stormwater to infiltrate and surcharge the lines, causing them to overflow from manholes. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "Mobile water service lowers estimate of Cindy sewer overflows, says 'serious problem' remains," 23 June 2017 The House bill allows states to obtain waivers allowing insurers to reject applicants with medical conditions or surcharge them heavily under certain circumstances. Michael Hiltzik, chicagotribune.com, "While you watched Comey, Senate GOP moved to cripple healthcare," 9 June 2017 The House bill allows states to obtain waivers allowing insurers to reject applicants with medical conditions or surcharge them heavily under certain circumstances. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "While you watched Comey, Senate GOP moved to cripple healthcare (and California moved to expand it)," 9 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How many people would pay Bloomberg's wealth surcharge: Income taxes generally hit a larger portion of the population than wealth taxes. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Bloomberg would pay $3 billion less under his wealth tax than under Sanders plan," 12 Feb. 2020 The surcharge on those who don't is then used to make the entire journey of all those visiting the festival climate neutral. Diane Coetzer, Billboard, "Eurosonic Puts Focus On Greening of European Live Sector: 'We Need to Act Now'," 22 Jan. 2020 For more on the Medicare surcharge, see http://bit.ly/2POkFbw. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "More answers to questions on retirement plans and the Secure Act," 25 Dec. 2019 State Budget Director Robert Mujica said the panel could also examine the taxes and surcharges levied on health-insurance plans. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo Trims Spending in Budget Proposal to Plug $6.1 Billion Deficit," 21 Jan. 2020 Port Covington property owners would pay an additional real property tax surcharge that would be used to fund projects in the surrounding neighborhoods under legislation proposed by Democratic Councilman Eric T. Costello. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council approves bill to ban retailers’ use of plastic bags, set 5-cent fee per paper bag," 4 Nov. 2019 The new base rate will be 22% (25.2% with surcharges). The Economist, "India’s government delights businesses by slashing corporate tax," 26 Sep. 2019 The policy changes of Aug. 23, also included various relief measures for the country’s ailing automobile sector, and a rollback of tax surcharges imposed on wealthy foreign portfolio investors. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Through mega mergers India’s Modi government is creating fewer, stronger banks," 30 Aug. 2019 In the rate case before the Public Service Commission, We Energies had been seeking a $3.53 a month surcharge for each kilowatt of electricity that a homeowner or small business generates. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We Energies drops proposal for surcharge on homeowners, small businesses that go solar," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of surcharge

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for surcharge

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French surcharger, from sur- + charger to load, charge — more at charge entry 1

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The first known use of surcharge was in the 15th century

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“Surcharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surcharge. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for surcharge

surcharge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surcharge

: an amount of money that must be paid in addition to the regular price

surcharge

transitive verb
sur·​charge | \ ˈsər-ˌchärj How to pronounce surcharge (audio) \

Legal Definition of surcharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to impose a surcharge on surcharge a trustee for failing to exercise due care
2 : to show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given

surcharge

noun

Legal Definition of surcharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an additional or excessive charge
2 : a penalty imposed on a fiduciary for failing to exercise due care in the management of assets

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