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noun \ˈchärj\

Definition of charge

  1. 1a obsolete :  a material load or weightb :  a figure borne on a heraldic field

  2. 2a :  the quantity that an apparatus is intended to receive and fitted to hold the charge of chemicals in a fire extinguisherb :  the quantity of explosive used in a single dischargec :  a store or accumulation of impelling force the deeply emotional charge of the dramad :  a definite quantity of electricity; especially :  an excess or deficiency of electrons in a bodye :  thrill, kick got a charge out of the game

  3. 3a :  obligation, requirement … to maintain this readiness … is … a first charge upon our military effort … — Sir Winston Churchillb :  management, supervision has charge of the home officec :  the ecclesiastical jurisdiction (such as a parish) committed to a clergymand :  a person or thing committed into the care of another played with her young charges at the day-care center

  4. 4a :  instruction, command … he gave them charge about the Queen, To guard and foster her forevermore — Alfred Tennysonb :  instruction in points of law given by a court to a jury

  5. 5a :  expense, cost gave the banquet at his own chargeb :  the price demanded for something no admission chargec :  a debit to an account the purchase was a charged :  the record of a loan (as of a book from a library)e British :  an interest in property granted as security for a loan

  6. 6a :  a formal assertion of illegality a charge of murderb :  a statement of complaint or hostile criticism denied the charges of nepotism that were leveled against him

  7. 7a (1) :  a violent rush forward (as to attack) the charge of the brigade (2) :  the signal for attack sound the chargeb :  a usually illegal rush into an opponent in various sports (such as basketball)

in charge

  1. :  having control or custody of something he is in charge of the training program

Examples of charge in a Sentence

  1. He set off a charge that destroyed the mountain.

  2. He has charge of the building.

  3. There is no charge for fixing the tire.

  4. a delivery charge for the refrigerator

  5. an admission charge at the fair

Recent Examples of charge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of charge

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from charger


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charge

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Definition of charge

charged

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charging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a archaic :  to lay or put a load on or in :  load horses charged with heavy burdensb (1) :  to place a charge (as of powder) in (2) :  to load or fill to capacityc (1) :  to restore the active materials in (a storage battery) by the passage of a direct current through in the opposite direction to that of discharge (2) :  to give an electric charge to charge a capacitord (1) :  to assume as a heraldic bearing (see bearing 4) (2) :  to place a heraldic bearing on charged his shield with three rosese :  to fill or furnish fully the music is charged with excitementf :  electrify 2 the crowd was charged by her performance

  3. 2a :  to impose a task or responsibility on charge him with the job of finding a new meeting placeb :  to command, instruct, or exhort with authority I charge you not to goc of a judge :  to give a charge (see 1charge 4b) to (a jury)

  4. 3a :  to make an assertion against especially by ascribing guilt or blame charges him with armed robbery they were charged as being instigatorsb :  to place the guilt or blame for charge her failure to negligencec :  to assert as an accusation charges that he distorted the data

  5. 4a :  to bring (a weapon) into position for attack :  level charge a lanceb :  to rush against :  attack The bull charged the matador.; also :  to rush into (an opponent) usually illegally in various sports

  6. 5a (1) :  to impose a financial burden on charge his estate with debts incurred (2) :  to impose or record as financial obligation charge debts to an estateb (1) :  to fix or ask as fee or payment charges $50 for an office visit (2) :  to ask payment of (a person) charge a client for expensesc :  to record (an item) as an expense, debt, obligation, or liability charged a new sofa

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to rush forward in or as if in assault :  attack came charging into the room; also :  to charge an opponent in sports

  9. 2 :  to ask or set a price do you charge for this service?

  10. 3 :  to charge an item to an account charge now, pay later

Examples of charge in a Sentence

  1. We tried to charge the car's battery.

  2. The government charged that he had not paid taxes for five years.

  3. It is not clear if he violated the rules, as his critics have charged.

  4. The basketball player was charged with a foul.

Recent Examples of charge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of charge

Middle English, from Anglo-French charger, from Late Latin carricare, from Latin carrus wheeled vehicle — more at car

Synonym Discussion of charge

command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority. a general commanding troops order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise. ordered his employees about like slaves bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants). she bade him be seated enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude. a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality. directed her assistant to hold all calls the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility. charged by the President with a secret mission

CHARGE Defined for English Language Learners

charge

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noun

Definition of charge for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of electricity

  • : the amount of an explosive material (such as dynamite) that is used in a single blast

  • : the responsibility of managing or watching over something

charge

verb

Definition of charge for English Language Learners

  • : to give an amount of electricity to (something) : to put electricity into a battery so that a machine or device will run

  • : to give a job or responsibility to (a person or group) : to make (a person or group) responsible for something

  • : to formally accuse (someone) of a crime


CHARGE Defined for Kids

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charge

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noun \ˈchärj\

Definition of charge for Students

  1. 1 :  the responsibility of managing, controlling, or caring for She has charge of the building. He took charge of the planning.

  2. 2 :  a task or duty given to a person :  obligation Grooming the animals was his charge.

  3. 3 :  a person or thing given to someone to look after At long last, each of our charges was tucked in bed. — Ann M. Martin, Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation

  4. 4 :  the price asked especially for a service

  5. 5 :  an amount listed as a debt on an account charges on a phone bill

  6. 6 :  accusation a charge of mutiny

  7. 7 :  an instruction or command based on authority a judge's charge to a jury

  8. 8 :  the amount of an explosive material (as dynamite) used in a single blast

  9. 9 :  an amount of electricity an electrical charge

  10. 10 :  a rushing attack the soldiers' charge

  11. 11 :  the signal for attack Sound the charge!


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Definition of charge for Students

charged

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charging

  1. 1 :  to give an electric charge to charge a device

  2. 2 :  to refill (as an exhausted battery) with available energy

  3. 3 :  to give a task, duty, or responsibility to I was charged with supervising the children.

  4. 4 :  to instruct or command with authority … he cried to his sons, and charged them to yield … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee

  5. 5 :  to accuse especially formally He was charged with speeding.

  6. 6 :  to rush toward or against The bull charged the matador.

  7. 7 :  to ask for payment from You charged me too much.

  8. 8 :  to ask or set as a price or fee The garage charged 100 dollars for repairs.

  9. 9 :  to enter as a debt or responsibility on a record The purchase was charged to her account.


Medical Dictionary

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charge

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transitive verb \ˈchärj\

Medical Definition of charge

charged

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charging

  1. :  to give an electric charge to


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charge

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Medical Definition of charge

  1. 1:  a plaster or ointment used on a domestic animal

  2. 2:  a definite quantity of electricity; especially :  an excess or deficiency of electrons in a body

  3. 3:  cathexis 2


Law Dictionary

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charge

noun

Legal Definition of charge

  1. 1a :  something required :  obligation b :  personal management or supervision put the child in his charge c :  a person or thing placed under the care of another

  2. 2 :  an authoritative instruction or command; especially :  instruction in points of law given by a judge to a jury conviction…reversed, because of trial court's charge — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

  3. 3a :  an incurred expense b :  the price demanded for something (as admission or use) a finance charge c :  a debit to an account; especially :  a debit resulting from unexpected operating expenses a charge against earnings

  4. 4 :  a formal allegation of an offense or wrongdoing based on a charge that was dismissed — National Law Journal — see also complaint, indictment, information


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charge

transitive verb

Legal Definition of charge

charged

charging

  1. 1a :  to impose a task or responsibility on was charged with protecting civil rights b :  to command or instruct with authority; especially :  to give a charge to (a jury) the jury should have been charged on common-law negligence — National Law Journal

  2. 2a :  to make an accusation against especially in order to bring to trial charging her with attempted robbery — see also accuse, indict b :  to allege especially as an accusation crimes charged in the indictment

  3. 3a :  to impose a financial liability on charge the estate b :  to impose or record as a financial burden or liability charge the debts to the estate charging the loss against earnings

  4. 4a :  to fix or ask as a fee or payment charge $4 for parking b :  to ask payment of (an individual or organization) charge a client for expenses

chargeable

adjective


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