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surcharge

[n. sur-chahrj; v. sur-chahrj, sur-chahrj] /n. ˈsɜrˌtʃɑrdʒ; v. sɜrˈtʃɑrdʒ, ˈsɜrˌtʃɑrdʒ/
noun
1.
an additional charge, tax, or cost.
2.
an excessive sum or price charged.
3.
an additional or excessive load or burden.
4.
Philately.
  1. an overprint that alters or restates the face value or denomination of a stamp to which it has been applied.
  2. a stamp bearing such an overprint.
5.
act of surcharging.
verb (used with object), surcharged, surcharging.
6.
to subject to an additional or extra charge, tax, cost, etc. (for payment).
7.
to overcharge for goods.
8.
to show an omission in (an account) of something that operates as a charge against the accounting party; to omit a credit toward (an account).
9.
Philately. to print a surcharge on (a stamp).
10.
to put an additional or excessive burden upon.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English surchargen (v.) < Old French surcharger. See sur-1, charge
Related forms
surcharger, noun
unsurcharged, adjective
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Examples from the web for surcharge
  • Suppose, for instance, that food stamps carried a surcharge if used for beef.
  • The estimated costs are paid into a fund collected as a per kwh surcharge.
  • Taxing meats with a surcharge that would go into a fund to care for people with meat-induced illnesses would be one approach.
  • That's a small surcharge on a long distance or cell call, but it would be a prohibitive barrier for local service.
  • Maybe at these gatherings, travelers will find that special someone to help avoid a future single-supplement surcharge.
  • Not surprisingly, shippers impose a fat surcharge to compensate for the delay.
  • These are tangible, feel-good items, that are easily acquired for a small surcharge over the less-sustainable.
  • Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, and pets are allowed with a daily surcharge and refundable damage deposit.
  • Cruise fares are usually based on two people in each stateroom, with a surcharge applied to singles.
  • There should be a property tax surcharge added for any residence or business that is not located near public transportation.
British Dictionary definitions for surcharge

surcharge

noun (ˈsɜːˌtʃɑːdʒ)
1.
a charge in addition to the usual payment, tax, etc
2.
an excessive sum charged, esp when unlawful
3.
an extra and usually excessive burden or supply
4.
(law) the act or an instance of surcharging
5.
an overprint that alters the face value of a postage stamp
verb (transitive) (sɜːˈtʃɑːdʒ; ˈsɜːˌtʃɑːdʒ)
6.
to charge an additional sum, tax, etc
7.
to overcharge (a person) for something
8.
to put an extra physical burden upon; overload
9.
to fill to excess; overwhelm
10.
(law) to insert credits that have been omitted in (an account)
11.
to overprint a surcharge on (a stamp)
Derived Forms
surcharger, noun
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Word Origin and History for surcharge
v.

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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