A surcharge is an extra amount of money you have to pay when you buy something. If you purchase your concert tickets online instead of at the box office, you'll have to pay a five-dollar surcharge.

Any added fee can be called a surcharge, whether it's the surcharge you pay for bringing an extra suitcase on an airplane or the surcharge a business pays every time a customer uses a credit card. As a verb, it means to charge someone an extra fee: "I'm changing banks because mine surcharges me every time I use my card at an ATM." In the 15th century, surcharge meant "overcharge" or "charge too much."

Definitions of surcharge
  1. noun
    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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    single supplement
    a surcharge added to the cost per person when traveling alone
    type of:
    the price charged for some article or service
  2. verb
    charge an extra fee, as for a special service
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    type of:
    bill, charge
    demand payment
  3. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak
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    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
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    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
  4. verb
    place too much a load on
    synonyms: overcharge, overload
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    type of:
    lade, laden, load, load up
    fill or place a load on
  5. verb
    fill to an excessive degree
    “The air was surcharged with tension”
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  6. verb
    fill to capacity with people
    “The air raids had surcharged the emergency wards”
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    type of:
    cause to crowd together too much
  7. verb
    print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote
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    type of:
    overprint, print over
    print (additional text or colors) onto an already imprinted paper
  8. verb
    show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
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    type of:
    give evidence of, as of records
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