[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.
verb (used without object), o·ver·charged, o·ver·charg·ing.
  1. to make an excessive charge; charge too much for something.
  1. a charge in excess of a stated or just price.
  2. an act of overcharging.
  3. an excessive load.

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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Related Words for overcharge

cheat, fleece, overtax, overburden, soak, clip, embellish, nick, pad, stick, gyp, extortion

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

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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