surcharge

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

Definition of surcharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : overcharge
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

gouge, overcharge, soak, sting

Antonyms: Verb

undercharge

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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.

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

Another of the three bills would allow towns and cities to double the maximum surcharge on motor vehicle registration fees to $10. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 The $133 million fund was set up by the state through bonding money and the $12 surcharge on homeowners insurance policies. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Crumbling foundations captive insurance company superintendent to step down," 16 Aug. 2019 The new changes also could hurt commercial and smaller industrial customers, as the sub bill no longer caps the surcharge for those ratepayers. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Nuclear subsidies bill rewritten again, budget deal may be close: Capitol Letter," 16 July 2019 The hotel surcharge could reap more than $4 million, said Councilman William Parker (as calculated by the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau). Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al.com, "Johnson: Moratorium, surcharge unveil intriguing battle over control of city’s growth," 4 July 2019 But non-member rate payers complained loudly in 2012 and 2013 when the surcharges soared. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Judge allows MDC water customers in East Granby, Farmington, Glastonbury and South Windsor to sue as a class in surcharge case," 14 Aug. 2019 The bond was about to expire but under AB 1054, the $2.50 monthly surcharge to ratepayers across the state remains in effect. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Passage of wildfire liability bill leads to upgrade for SDG&E from credit ratings agency," 30 July 2019 The surcharge will produce about $170 million a year. David Roberts, Vox, "Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century," 27 July 2019 Svenja Schulze said Friday that a surcharge for carbon dioxide emissions from transport and home heating to encourage reduced use of fuel is necessary for Germany to meet its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Washington Post, "German official says CO2 charge should benefit the poor," 5 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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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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