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overcharge

Syllabification: o·ver·charge

Definition of overcharge in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈCHärj
 
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[with object]
1Charge (someone) too high a price for goods or a service: that makes it easy for wheeler-dealers to overcharge customers
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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
Synonyms
overstate, overdo, exaggerate, overembroider, overembellish;
overwrite, overdraw

noun

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