[noun sur-chahrj; verb sur-chahrj, sur-chahrj]


verb (used with object), sur·charged, sur·charg·ing.

Origin of surcharge

1400–50; late Middle English surchargen (v.) < Old French surcharger. See sur-1, charge
Related formssur·charg·er, nounun·sur·charged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for surcharge

expense, tax, payment, surtax, price, cost, overcharge, overload, extra

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noun (ˈsɜːˌtʃɑːdʒ)

a charge in addition to the usual payment, tax, etc
an excessive sum charged, esp when unlawful
an extra and usually excessive burden or supply
law the act or an instance of surcharging
an overprint that alters the face value of a postage stamp

verb (sɜːˈtʃɑːdʒ, ˈsɜːˌtʃɑːdʒ) (tr)

to charge an additional sum, tax, etc
to overcharge (a person) for something
to put an extra physical burden upon; overload
to fill to excess; overwhelm
law to insert credits that have been omitted in (an account)
to overprint a surcharge on (a stamp)
Derived Formssurcharger, noun
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Word Origin and History for surcharge

early 15c., from Middle French surcharger, from Old French sur- "over" (see sur-) + chargier "to load" (see charge). The noun is also first attested early 15c.

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