- The definition of a surcharge is an extra fee added to the regular cost.
If you are told that your item will cost $100 but if the price of gas goes up and you then have to pay an extra $10 for delivery, this extra $10 is an example of a gas surcharge.
- Surcharge is to add an additional charge to the cost.
An example of a surcharge is an extra $5 added to the plumber's bill to cover the increased distance that he needed to travel outside of his regular service area to reach the home.
transitive verb-·charged·, -·charg·ing
- to overcharge
- to overload; overburden
- to fill to excess or beyond normal capacity
- to mark (a postage stamp) with a surcharge
- Law to show an omission, as of a credit, in (an account)
Origin of surchargeMiddle English surchargen from Old French surcharger: see sur- and charge
- an additional amount added to the usual charge
- an overcharge
- an extra or excessive load, burden, etc.
- a new valuation overprinted on a postage stamp, etc., to change its denomination
- Law the act of surcharging
- An additional sum added to the usual cost or amount paid.
- An additional or excessive amount or burden: “individuals … carrying a surcharge of aggressive energy” ( Truman Capote )
- a. A new value or denomination overprinted on a postage or revenue stamp.b. The stamp to which a new value has been applied.
- Law The act of surcharging.
transitive verbsur·charged, sur·charg·ing, sur·charg·es
- To charge (a person or organization) an additional sum.
- a. To overload or overfill: clouds that are surcharged with rain.b. To overwhelm or oppress: “He is full of morbid thoughts and surcharged with a sense of worthlessness” ( Bernard Lown )
- To print a surcharge on (a postage or revenue stamp).
- Law To show an omission of a credit in (an account).
Origin of surchargeMiddle English from surchargen to overtax from Old French surcharger sur- sur- chargier to charge ; see charge .
- An addition of extra charge on the agreed or stated price.
- Our airline tickets cost twenty dollars more than we expected because we had to pay a fuel surcharge.
- An excessive price charged e.g. to an unsuspecting customer.
- (philately) An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.
- (law) A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party.
- (law) A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary's duties.
(third-person singular simple present surcharges, present participle surcharging, simple past and past participle surcharged)
- To apply a surcharge.
- To overload; to overburden.
- to surcharge an animal or a ship; to surcharge a cannon
- (law) To overstock; especially, to put more cattle into (e.g. a common) than one has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain.
- To show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given.
From sur- +"Ž charge
surcharge - Legal Definition