Etymology
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surcharge (v.)

early 15c., "overcharge, charge too much expense," from Old French surcharger "to overload, overburden, overcharge" (12c.), from sur- "over" (see sur- (1)) + chargier "to load" (see charge (v.)). Meaning "make an extra charge on" is from 1885. The noun is also first attested early 15c. Related: Surcharged; surcharging.

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Definitions of surcharge
1
surcharge (v.)
charge an extra fee, as for a special service;
surcharge (v.)
rip off; ask an unreasonable price;
Synonyms: overcharge / soak / gazump / fleece / plume / pluck / rob / hook
surcharge (v.)
fill to capacity with people;
The air raids had surcharged the emergency wards
surcharge (v.)
print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote;
surcharge (v.)
fill to an excessive degree;
The air was surcharged with tension
surcharge (v.)
place too much a load on;
Synonyms: overload / overcharge
surcharge (v.)
show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given;
2
surcharge (n.)
an additional charge (as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill);
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