order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise.
ordered his employees about
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
We tried to charge the car's battery.
The government charged that he had not paid taxes for five years.
It is not clear if he violated the rules, as his critics have charged.
The basketball player was charged with a foul. Noun
He set off a charge that destroyed the mountain.
He has charge of the building.
There is no charge for fixing the tire.
a delivery charge for the refrigerator
an admission charge at the fair See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Poland is planning to charge Ukrainian refugees for food and housing starting in March, according to a draft legislation that is expected to pass the Polish legislature comfortably, Reuters reported.
Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Outside the villa gates, Nasr runs a gang of street youths who charge motorists for parking.
Alissa Simon, Variety, 30 Nov. 2022 Another point of contention comes in how utilities charge businesses for electricity.
Jennifer Hiller, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2022 The investigation also found school districts flouting either the spirit or letter of laws aimed at ultimately ending the usage of either tactic while attempting at times to charge tens of thousands of dollars for public records.
Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 29 Nov. 2022 In regulated markets — where state officials control how much utilities can charge for electricity — that tax credit will directly benefit ratepayers because the utilities must pass on savings like this to customers.
Eric Lipton, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Discussing the very controversial idea by the Cleveland Clinic to charge for the time doctors spend messaging patients.
Laura Johnston, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 Waymo is however not allowed to charge passengers for any test rides yet.
Marco Marcelline, PCMAG, 20 Nov. 2022 The performer negotiates, through a representative, how many seats will be priced dynamically and what Ticketmaster will charge for them.
Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2022
Sure, PayPal led the charge in convincing the masses to buy stuff online, but so many people still pay for online purchases with a pre-internet product—old-fashioned credit cards.
Lauren Goode, WIRED, 1 Dec. 2022 Senator Bernie Sanders has led the charge on the Senate side to add paid sick leave days to the rail agreement.
Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 30 Nov. 2022 Chris Jones and Mike Danna led the charge with each collecting a pair of sacks.
Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 Harrison led the charge for the Antelopes, scoring 25 points in 19 minutes of play.
Lauren Hertz, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2022 The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite led the charge, advancing 2.5%.
Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2022 Chaos around the Swift tickets is just the latest example of Ticketmaster’s bad service, said Krista Brown, senior policy analyst for the American Economic Liberties Project, an antitrust nonprofit that has led the charge against the company.
Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 According to Cinemascore, Black moviegoers led the charge, making up for 34% of film attendance during opening weekend.
Rivea Ruff, Essence, 14 Nov. 2022 Williams led the charge with her first career double-double: 15 points, 13 rebounds, six of which came off the offensive glass.
Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French charger, from Late Latin carricare, from Latin carrus wheeled vehicle — more at car