Surcharge meaning

sûrchärj
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.

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An additional or excessive amount or burden.
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An additional sum added to the usual cost or amount paid.
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To show an omission of a credit in (an account).
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To overcharge.
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To overload; overburden.
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A new valuation overprinted on a postage stamp, etc., to change its denomination.
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An excessive price charged e.g. to an unsuspecting customer.
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(law) A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary's duties.
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The act of surcharging.
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To charge (a person or organization) an additional sum.
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To print a surcharge on (a postage or revenue stamp).
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To fill to excess or beyond normal capacity.
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To mark (a postage stamp) with a surcharge.
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To show an omission, as of a credit, in (an account)
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An extra or excessive load, burden, etc.
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The act of surcharging.
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To impose an additional cost or burden (usually excessive). A court fine imposed on a fiduciary for failure of duty.
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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.

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(philately) An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.
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(law) A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party.

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To apply a surcharge.
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To surcharge an animal or a ship; to surcharge a cannon.

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(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.

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To show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given.

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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.

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Origin of surcharge

  • Middle English from surchargen to overtax from Old French surcharger sur- sur- chargier to charge charge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From sur- +"Ž charge

    From Wiktionary