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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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  • "You overpay me a thousand times for everything, Mrs. Maxwell," said the actor.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • She must be the reward of his services; nor can he do services so great that such a reward will not overpay them.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • He binds Himself to repay and overpay all sacrifice in His service.

  • To supererogate is to overpay, or to do more than duty requires.

    Write It Right Ambrose Bierce
  • See to it that thy accounting is correct, and overpay no man!

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • The fact is, that it is almost necessary to overpay cabmen, and especially so if the "fare" be at all nervous.

  • But the very first step—the very first word which she uttered—was sufficient to overpay him for all his labours.

    Chronicles of the Canongate Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for overpay


verb -pays, -paying, -paid
to pay (someone) at too high a rate
to pay (someone) more than is due, as by an error
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overpay

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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