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surcharge

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transitive verb sur·charge \ˈsər-ˌchärj\

Definition of surcharge

  1. 1a :  overchargeb :  to charge an extra feec :  to show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given

  2. 2 British :  overstock

  3. 3 :  to fill or load to excess <the atmosphere…was surcharged with war hysteria — H. A. Chippendale>

  4. 4a :  to mark a surcharge on (a stamp)b :  overprint <surcharge a banknote>

Examples of surcharge in a sentence

  1. <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>

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of surcharge

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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surcharge

noun sur·charge

Definition of surcharge

  1. 1a :  an additional tax, cost, or impostb :  an extra fare <a sleeping car surcharge>c :  an instance of surcharging an account

  2. 2 :  an excessive load or burden

  3. 3 :  the action of surcharging :  the state of being surcharged

  4. 4a (1) :  an overprint on a stamp; specifically :  one that alters the denomination (2) :  a stamp bearing such an overprintb :  an overprint on a currency note

Examples of surcharge in a sentence

  1. The airline has added a $20 fuel surcharge on all international flights.

15th Century

First Known Use of surcharge

15th century


SURCHARGE Defined for English Language Learners


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surcharge

noun sur·charge

Definition of surcharge for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

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surcharge

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transitive verb sur·charge \ˈsər-ˌchärj\

Legal Definition of surcharge

  1. 1 :  to impose a surcharge on <surcharge a trustee for failing to exercise due care>

  2. 2 :  to show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given


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surcharge

noun sur·charge

Legal Definition of surcharge

  1. 1 :  an additional or excessive charge

  2. 2 :  a penalty imposed on a fiduciary for failing to exercise due care in the management of assets



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