Definition of overcharge in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈtʃɑːdʒ/
[with object]
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
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  • Since then, we have had no problems though occasionally I feel he overcharges us.
  • Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.
  • We have never felt we were overcharged for anything and have always gotten good value for our money.
swindle, charge too much, cheat, defraud, gazump, fleece, short-change, surcharge
informal rip off, sting, screw, soak, rob, diddle, do, rook, clip
North American informal gouge
British informal, dated rush
1.1Charge someone (a sum) beyond the correct amount: [with two objects]: customers have been overcharged £12 million in the last year
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  • Consumers were estimated to have been overcharged by $480 million.
  • Write to your bank and demand the money you believe you have been overcharged.
  • Payments to customers included interest on the original sums overcharged.
2Put too much electric charge into (a battery): large generators can overcharge batteries
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  • 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: /ˈəʊvətʃɑːdʒ/
An excessive charge for goods or a service: an overcharge of £40
More example sentences
  • The deal varies from oil reserves to an overcharge for goods and service to a secret fund discovered in government accounts.
  • She'll eat a loss before handing over her driver's license to reverse an overcharge at Kmart.
  • Tens of millions, at least, appear to be overcharges.

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