Definition of overcharge in English:

overcharge

verb

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

    ‘that makes it easy for wheeler-dealers to overcharge customers’
    • ‘Many hospitals have overcharged the bureau for medicine, requesting fee compensations at above-market prices.’
    • ‘The disputed bill had transposed the two, with the result that it was overcharging you.’
    • ‘Most travelers feel like they're being overcharged at airport restaurants and retail stores.’
    • ‘Punish those petrol dealers who overcharge and top up their profits with our already overtaxed money.’
    • ‘The amount covered other scandals where customers of the bank were overcharged, including business clients and university students.’
    • ‘We have never felt we were overcharged for anything and have always gotten good value for our money.’
    • ‘Tenants are entitled to ask for a rental review if they believe that they are being overcharged.’
    • ‘I don't see any reason to overcharge people who are doing me a favor by shopping with me.’
    • ‘Even if they intend to overcharge us, who could have the heart to say no?’
    • ‘Since then, we have had no problems though occasionally I feel he overcharges us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The European Commission is cracking down on national mobile operators who overcharge fixed line operators for connecting to their network.’
    • ‘Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.’
    • ‘When a private company overcharges its customers, it is called price gouging.’
    • ‘One afternoon this week, I took a taxi and upon arrival at my destination, this taxi driver decided to overcharge me and my friend.’
    • ‘To make sure you are not being overcharged, you should first check your tax code.’
    • ‘You may ask, how can a provider overcharge when the fees are fixed?’
    • ‘Does anyone know a good vet (who won't overcharge us either)?’
    • ‘They were taken to Winchester, Virginia, where they were overcharged for their room and board.’
    • ‘These will make sure the lender is not overcharging you.’
    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’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘The village officials had overcharged peasants by at least $6,000.’
      • ‘Consumers were estimated to have been overcharged by $480 million.’
      • ‘Payments to customers included interest on the original sums overcharged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Write to your bank and demand the money you believe you have been overcharged.’
      • ‘He doesn't scurry through his phone bill and make sure he wasn't 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.’
      swindle, charge too much, cheat, defraud, gazump, fleece, short-change, surcharge
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  • 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.’

noun

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

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

Pronunciation

overcharge

Verb/ˌoʊvərˈtʃɑrdʒ/

overcharge

Noun/ˈoʊvərˌtʃɑrdʒ/