Definition of overcharge in English:



  • 1Charge (someone) too high a price for goods or a service.

    ‘send your bill to the Law Society if you think you've been overcharged’
    • ‘Since then, we have had no problems though occasionally I feel he overcharges us.’
    • ‘You may ask, how can a provider overcharge when the fees are fixed?’
    • ‘The disputed bill had transposed the two, with the result that it was overcharging you.’
    • ‘Leaked internal e-mails appeared to reveal that, until last year, sales staff were encouraged to overcharge some customers for boiler and central heating installation.’
    • ‘To make sure you are not being overcharged, you should first check your tax code.’
    • ‘Tenants are entitled to ask for a rental review if they believe that they are being overcharged.’
    • ‘Punish those petrol dealers who overcharge and top up their profits with our already overtaxed money.’
    • ‘Does anyone know a good vet (who won't overcharge us either)?’
    • ‘We have never felt we were overcharged for anything and have always gotten good value for our money.’
    • ‘I don't see any reason to overcharge people who are doing me a favor by shopping with me.’
    • ‘Many hospitals have overcharged the bureau for medicine, requesting fee compensations at above-market prices.’
    • ‘One afternoon this week, I took a taxi and upon arrival at my destination, this taxi driver decided to overcharge me and my friend.’
    • ‘Even if they intend to overcharge us, who could have the heart to say no?’
    • ‘Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.’
    • ‘When a private company overcharges its customers, it is called price gouging.’
    • ‘Most travelers feel like they're being overcharged at airport restaurants and retail stores.’
    • ‘These will make sure the lender is not overcharging you.’
    • ‘The European Commission is cracking down on national mobile operators who overcharge fixed line operators for connecting to their network.’
    • ‘The amount covered other scandals where customers of the bank were overcharged, including business clients and university students.’
    • ‘They were taken to Winchester, Virginia, where they were overcharged for their room and board.’
    swindle, charge too much, cheat, defraud, gazump, fleece, short-change, surcharge
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    1. 1.1Charge someone (a sum) beyond the correct amount.
      [with two objects] ‘customers have been overcharged £12 million in the last year’
      • ‘The village officials had overcharged peasants by at least $6,000.’
      • ‘Write to your bank and demand the money you believe you have been overcharged.’
      • ‘Consumers were estimated to have been overcharged by $480 million.’
      • ‘And if anybody is overcharging the government, we expect them to repay that money.’
      • ‘The company then repeatedly overcharged the military for services, accepted kickbacks from subcontractors and served troops dirty food.’
      • ‘Last Friday, I phoned up the company that insures my car, as they had overcharged me (they had taken a payment out twice, by mistake).’
      • ‘Payments to customers included interest on the original sums overcharged.’
      • ‘Amy began to complain that she thought they had overcharged us, and then we realised that they had in fact forgotten to charge us for any of the puddings.’
      • ‘He doesn't scurry through his phone bill and make sure he wasn't overcharged.’
      swindle, charge too much, cheat, defraud, gazump, fleece, short-change, surcharge
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  • 2Put too much electric charge into (a battery)

    ‘large generators can overcharge batteries’
    • ‘A controller keeps the batteries from being overcharged, and an inverter converts DC electricity produced by the solar panels into AC electricity typically used by home appliances.’
    • ‘You gently overcharge the batteries to make sure that the weakest cells are brought up to full charge.’


  • An excessive charge for goods or a service.

    ‘an overcharge of £40’
    • ‘The amount of money is set so high - a gross overcharge - that families with ordinary income find it very hard to comply.’
    • ‘The White House asked for the study partly because Congress has taken an ongoing interest in indirect research costs, particularly after several incidents in the late 1980s involving alleged overcharges.’
    • ‘For those covered under Blue Cross, the overcharge was $24 a month.’
    • ‘Dealing with overcharges and processing refunds is time consuming and places undue administrative costs on the program.’
    • ‘Our client wonders in whose pocket this overcharge ended up.’
    • ‘She'll eat a loss before handing over her driver's license to reverse an overcharge at Kmart.’
    • ‘The deal varies from oil reserves to an overcharge for goods and service to a secret fund discovered in government accounts.’
    • ‘Tens of millions, at least, appear to be overcharges.’
    • ‘The committee recognises that the overcharges to the Dental Practice Board were relatively small in monetary terms.’
    • ‘This process does transfer ground rent from areas of overcharge to areas of undercharge.’
    • ‘It was decided at the time that buyers could not claim damages for overcharges by antitrust violators unless they bought the product directly from the manufacturer.’
    • ‘They are verifying records and seeking to ensure that any rumored bogus claims and overcharges are caught.’
    • ‘They're often unable to protect the client from contractor overcharges.’
    • ‘The sales rotate every week or two, and if you follow the pattern for a few cycles you see that every discount or freebie is offset by an overcharge (relative to market prices) for something else.’
    • ‘Borrowers, reveling in their lower monthly payments, blithely absorb the overcharges.’