What does surcharge mean?

Definitions for surcharge
ˈsɜrˌtʃɑrdʒ; sɜrˈtʃɑrdʒ, ˈsɜrˌtʃɑrdʒsur·charge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surcharge(verb)

    an additional charge (as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill)

  2. surcharge(verb)

    charge an extra fee, as for a special service

  3. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hook(verb)

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  4. surcharge(verb)

    fill to capacity with people

    "The air raids had surcharged the emergency wards"

  5. surcharge(verb)

    print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote

  6. surcharge(verb)

    fill to an excessive degree

    "The air was surcharged with tension"

  7. overload, surcharge, overcharge(verb)

    place too much a load on

    "don't overload the car"

  8. surcharge(verb)

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


  1. surcharge(Noun)

    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.

  2. surcharge(Noun)

    An excessive price charged e.g. from an unsuspecting customer.

  3. surcharge(Noun)

    An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.

  4. surcharge(Noun)

    A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party.

  5. surcharge(Noun)

    A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary's duties.

  6. surcharge(Verb)

    To apply a surcharge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surcharge(verb)

    to overload; to overburden; to overmatch; to overcharge; as, to surcharge a beast or a ship; to surcharge a cannon

  2. Surcharge(verb)

    to overstock; especially, to put more cattle into, as a common, than the person has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain. Blackstone

  3. Surcharge(verb)

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

  4. Surcharge(noun)

    an overcharge; an excessive load or burden; a load greater than can well be borne

  5. Surcharge(noun)

    the putting, by a commoner, of more beasts on the common than he has a right to

  6. Surcharge(noun)

    the showing an omission, as in an account, for which credit ought to have been given

  7. Origin: [F.]


  1. Surcharge

    Prior to 2000 in the United Kingdom a public servant, for example a local government officer, who had unlawfully spent public funds, or caused loss to a public authority through misconduct could be surcharged to recover public money. The surcharge was applied, after referral to a court by the Audit Commission. In the case of an illegal corporate decision by an elected body all the councillors could be surcharged. Councillors from Lambeth and Liverpool who were involved in the Rate-capping rebellion in 1985 were surcharged. Councillors in the Clay Cross Housing Finance Act dispute were surcharged £685 for refusing to increase housing rent. The Committee on Standards in Public Life recommended repealing surcharge because it was unfair for local government officers and "bore no relation to people's ability to pay or their culpability". The Local Government Finance Act removed the ability of the Audit Commission or Secretary or State to recover financial losses from individuals. Instead they would be subject to normal sanctions determined by the Standards Board and Adjudication Panel. Following the Tribunal Review such sanctions are now dealt with by the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surcharge

    sur-chärj′, v.t. to overcharge or overload.—n. an excessive load: an overcharge: an extra charge: a painting in lighter enamel over a darker which serves as the ground.—adj. Surcharged′, overloaded.—n. Surcharge′ment.

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How to say surcharge in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surcharge in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surcharge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of surcharge in a Sentence

  1. British Finance Minister George Osborne:

    But to maintain a fair contribution from the banks, I will introduce a new eight percent surcharge on bank profits from the first of January next year.

  2. Wild Wings:

    I probably would think twice about going back to that place if they were adding a surcharge.

  3. Akbar Al Baker:

    As far as the fuel price reduction is concerned, there will be no reduction in the ticket fare, but there will be a reduction in the fuel surcharge that we were charging.

Images & Illustrations of surcharge

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