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[oh-ver-pey] /ˌoʊ vərˈpeɪ/
verb (used with object), overpaid, overpaying.
to pay more than (an amount due):
I received a credit after overpaying the bill.
to pay (a person) in excess.
Origin of overpay
First recorded in 1595-1605; over- + pay1
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[oh-ver-pey-muh nt, oh-ver-pey-muh nt] /ˌoʊ vərˈpeɪ mənt, ˈoʊ vərˌpeɪ mənt/ (Show IPA),
unoverpaid, adjective Unabridged
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  • Which seems likely to become the dernier cri of the overpaid throughout all the ages.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • We have been overpaid by the pleasure of your stay at Northfield.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • You put it to me that you wanted to buy me, and I could name the price—you have overpaid it.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • It was in vain that his services were overpaid with honours and riches.

  • That isn't it, Mrs. Duncan; you paid me six cents too much—you overpaid me.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln Hezekiah Butterworth
British Dictionary definitions for overpaid


verb -pays, -paying, -paid
to pay (someone) at too high a rate
to pay (someone) more than is due, as by an error
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Word Origin and History for overpaid



c.1600, from over- + pay (v.). Related: Overpaid; overpaying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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