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

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

single supplement
a surcharge added to the cost per person when traveling alone
Type of:
the price charged for some article or service

v charge an extra fee, as for a special service

Type of:
bill, charge
demand payment

v rip off; ask an unreasonable price

fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak
charge (someone) too little money
extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
obtain by coercion or intimidation
get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit

v place too much a load on

overcharge, overload
Type of:
lade, laden, load, load up
fill or place a load on

v fill to an excessive degree

“The air was surcharged with tension”
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v fill to capacity with people

“The air raids had surcharged the emergency wards”
Type of:
cause to crowd together too much

v print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote

Type of:
overprint, print over
print (additional text or colors) onto an already imprinted paper

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

Type of:
give evidence of, as of records

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