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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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  • But the very first step—the very first word which she uttered—was sufficient to overpay him for all his labours.

    Chronicles of the Canongate Sir Walter Scott
  • She must be the reward of his services; nor can he do services so great that such a reward will not overpay them.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • No American can overpay the debt of gratitude we all of us owe to the officers and enlisted men of the army and of the navy.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • "You overpay me a thousand times for everything, Mrs. Maxwell," said the actor.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • We are paying now with an unjust unevenness—we starve the new and deep and overpay the trite and obvious.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
  • He binds Himself to repay and overpay all sacrifice in His service.

  • Too many concords are unpleasing in music, and too many benefits annoy, we wish to have wherewithal to overpay our debt.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overpay

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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