: possessing or showing strong emotion
attacked the author in a highly charged review
: capable of arousing strong emotion
a politically charged subject
also : exciting
a highly charged palette of bold colors
: having an amount of electricity
charged particles

Examples of charged in a Sentence

The singer gave an emotionally charged interview. an abstract expressionist who uses a palette of charged colors to great effect
Recent Examples on the Web If the politically charged and educationally dubious material at a recent major conference for educators is any indication, then the answer is no. Daniel Buck, National Review, 22 Nov. 2023 It is made all the more charged, though, because of what this team means in a cultural one. Rory Smith, New York Times, 7 Aug. 2023 The Hinge comes pre-charged and ready for use. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 24 Dec. 2020 Granted, this is a charged and awkward situation even for an adult to manage. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2023 The audience progresses, in reverse chronology, through a series of elaborate sets that re-create and destabilize some of David’s most charged memories—a lost love, a soul-crushing job, a father fading into dementia. Megan O’Grady, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2023 The charged particles spinning along these field lines illuminate them. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 4 May 2018 Now here’s the kicker: keeping more charged but unconvicted individuals locked up places additional pressure on the state judicial system to set trials and dispatch cases promptly. Dana Hall McCain | Dmccain@al.com, al, 7 Nov. 2022 But in this moment, that celebration feels a bit more charged. ELLE, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


from past participle of charge entry 1

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of charged was in 1833

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“Charged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charged. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: showing or able to cause strong feelings
an emotionally charged subject

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