Definition of overcharge in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·charge


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈCHärj
[with object]
  • 1Charge (someone) too high a price for goods or a service: that makes it easy for wheeler-dealers to overcharge customers
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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, fleece, short-change
    informal rip off, sting, screw, rob, diddle, have, rook, gouge
  • 1.1Charge someone (a sum) beyond the correct amount: [with two objects]: the company overcharged the government $3 million
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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).
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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.
  • 2.1Put exaggerated or excessive detail into (a text or work of art): the scenes are overcharged
    overstate, overdo, exaggerate, overembroider, overembellish; overwrite, overdraw


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