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“service charge” in British English

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service chargenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɜː.vɪs ˌtʃɑːdʒ/ us /ˈsɝː.vɪs ˌtʃɑːrdʒ/

an amount of money added to the basic price of something to pay for the cost of dealing with the customer:

If you order the tickets by phone you have to pay a $2 service charge as well as $13.50 for each ticket.

(Definition of “service charge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“service charge” in American English

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service chargenoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɜr·vɪs ˌtʃɑrdʒ/

an amount of money added to the basic price of something you buy which pays for a service you used when buying it:

There is a $4 service charge added to the price of each ticket if you order by phone.

(Definition of “service charge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“service charge” in Business English

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service chargenoun [ C ]

uk us

COMMERCE an amount of money added to the basic price of something to pay for the cost of dealing with the customer:

A $10.00 service charge will be deducted from the sale proceeds.
A service charge of 17% is usually added to your bill.

[ usually plural ] BANKING an amount of money that a customer pays to a bank for its services:

Service charges on consumer and commercial accounts accounted for 35% of the bank's revenue.

UK PROPERTY an amount of money paid to the owner of an apartment or office building for services such as cleaning and repairs:

Thousands of leaseholders have been waiting for the chance to contest high service charges.
If you live in a flat and pay a service charge, your buildings insurance should be included in this cost.

(Definition of “service charge” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)