1. 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. An excessive price charged e.g. to an unsuspecting customer.
  3. An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.
  4. A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party.
  5. A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary's duties.
  6. An excessive load or burden.
  7. The putting, by a commoner, of more animals on the common than he is entitled to.


  1. To apply a surcharge.
  2. To overload; to overburden.
    to surcharge an animal or a ship; to surcharge a cannon
  3. 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.
  4. To show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given.

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