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overcharge

[verb oh-ver-chahrj; noun oh-ver-chahrj]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·charged, o·ver·charg·ing.
  1. to charge (a purchaser) too high a price: When the manager realized we'd been overcharged, she gave us a credit for the difference.
  2. to fill too full; overload.
  3. to exaggerate: to overcharge the importance of ancestry.
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verb (used without object), o·ver·charged, o·ver·charg·ing.
  1. to make an excessive charge; charge too much for something.
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noun
  1. a charge in excess of a stated or just price.
  2. an act of overcharging.
  3. an excessive load.
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Origin of overcharge

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at over-, charge
Related formso·ver·charg·er, noun
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overcharge

verb (ˌəʊvəˈtʃɑːdʒ)
  1. to charge too much
  2. (tr) to fill or load beyond capacity
  3. literary another word for exaggerate
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌtʃɑːdʒ)
  1. an excessive price or charge
  2. an excessive load
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Word Origin and History for overcharge

v.

c.1300, "to overload, overburden," from over- + charge (v.). Meaning "to charge someone too much money" is from 1660s. Related: Overcharged; overcharging.

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