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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
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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  • The father-in-law (an old deluder, overpaid at the beginning) accepts four, and rises to bind the bargain.

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens
  • We have been overpaid by the pleasure of your stay at Northfield.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • If I were to give my judgment with regard to this country, I do not think the great efficient offices of the state to be overpaid.

  • 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
  • Indeed, her first experience was repeated more than once and she was overpaid in order to be got rid of more quickly.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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