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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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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
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Word Origin and History for overpay

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

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