Definition of overcharge in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈCHärj//ˌoʊvərˈtʃɑrdʒ/
  • 1Charge (someone) too high a price for goods or a service.

    ‘that makes it easy for wheeler-dealers to overcharge customers’
    • ‘The disputed bill had transposed the two, with the result that it was overcharging you.’
    • ‘To make sure you are not being overcharged, you should first check your tax code.’
    • ‘I don't see any reason to overcharge people who are doing me a favor by shopping with me.’
    • ‘These will make sure the lender is not overcharging you.’
    • ‘One afternoon this week, I took a taxi and upon arrival at my destination, this taxi driver decided to overcharge me and my friend.’
    • ‘When a private company overcharges its customers, it is called price gouging.’
    • ‘We have never felt we were overcharged for anything and have always gotten good value for our money.’
    • ‘Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.’
    • ‘Does anyone know a good vet (who won't overcharge us either)?’
    • ‘Punish those petrol dealers who overcharge and top up their profits with our already overtaxed money.’
    • ‘Even if they intend to overcharge us, who could have the heart to say no?’
    • ‘The amount covered other scandals where customers of the bank were overcharged, including business clients and university students.’
    • ‘Most travelers feel like they're being overcharged at airport restaurants and retail stores.’
    • ‘You may ask, how can a provider overcharge when the fees are fixed?’
    • ‘Tenants are entitled to ask for a rental review if they believe that they are being overcharged.’
    • ‘Since then, we have had no problems though occasionally I feel he overcharges us.’
    • ‘They were taken to Winchester, Virginia, where they were overcharged for their room and board.’
    • ‘The European Commission is cracking down on national mobile operators who overcharge fixed line operators for connecting to their network.’
    • ‘Many hospitals have overcharged the bureau for medicine, requesting fee compensations at above-market prices.’
    • ‘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.’
    swindle, charge too much, cheat, defraud, gazump, fleece, short-change, surcharge
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    1. 1.1 Charge someone (a sum) beyond the correct amount.
      with two objects ‘the company overcharged the government $3 million’
      • ‘Write to your bank and demand the money you believe you have been overcharged.’
      • ‘The village officials had overcharged peasants by at least $6,000.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Payments to customers included interest on the original sums overcharged.’
      • ‘He doesn't scurry through his phone bill and make sure he wasn't 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).’
      swindle, charge too much, cheat, defraud, gazump, fleece, short-change, surcharge
      View synonyms
  • 2Put too much electric charge into (a battery).

    • ‘You gently overcharge the batteries to make sure that the weakest cells are brought up to full charge.’
    • ‘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.’


Pronunciation /ˈoʊvərˌtʃɑrdʒ//ˈōvərˌCHärj/
  • An excessive charge for goods or a service.

    • ‘Borrowers, reveling in their lower monthly payments, blithely absorb the overcharges.’
    • ‘For those covered under Blue Cross, the overcharge was $24 a month.’
    • ‘The deal varies from oil reserves to an overcharge for goods and service to a secret fund discovered in government accounts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're often unable to protect the client from contractor overcharges.’
    • ‘They are verifying records and seeking to ensure that any rumored bogus claims and overcharges are caught.’
    • ‘The amount of money is set so high - a gross overcharge - that families with ordinary income find it very hard to comply.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She'll eat a loss before handing over her driver's license to reverse an overcharge at Kmart.’