\ ˈchärjd \

Definition of charged 

1 : possessing or showing strong emotion attacked the author in a highly charged review

2 : capable of arousing strong emotion a politically charged subject also : exciting a highly charged palette of bold colors

3 : having an amount of electricity charged particles

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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

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The singer's ability to consistently build on his gift for poignant, emotionally charged performances is a sure sign of the lasting impact the Englishman will continue to have on all who hear his voice. Billboard Radio China, Billboard, "British Singer Calum Scott Adds Asia Dates to Debut Tour," 21 June 2018 But the charged regular matter would create a drag on dark matter's motion, allowing the two to reach a thermal equilibrium. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could dark matter atoms explain a recent observation?," 3 June 2018 One promising strategy: Cover sensitive surfaces with an Electrodynamic Dust Shield — essentially, electrically charged panels that shoot currents through thin wires to zap dust away. Brandon Specktor, Fox News, "Moon dust could give astronauts permanent DNA damage, study finds," 17 May 2018 In the cosmic rom-com that is nature, sodium rarely goes for cesium; both atoms tend to become positively charged ions that actually repel each other. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Chemists Orchestrate the Molecular Union of Two Single Atoms," 27 Apr. 2018 The public is being given an image that’s very highly charged and suits the purposes of those who are perpetuating it. Kevin Riordan,, "South Jersey Muslims build a foundation for unity and community," 23 Apr. 2018 Four other men remain charged and are scheduled to go to trial in June. Andrew Coffey, CBS News, "Five men to serve jail time for hazing death of Florida State student," 17 Apr. 2018 Four other men remain charged and are scheduled to go to trial in June., "5 plead guilty in FSU hazing death of student from South Florida," 17 Apr. 2018 At a March 2017 detention hearing for the charged officers, federal prosecutors told the court the officers should be held, in part, because there had been leaks in the investigation, including from a city prosecutor. Justin Fenton,, "Baltimore prosecutor accused of leaking to Gun Trace Task Force says she had 'no clue' about investigation," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of charged

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of charged

: having an amount of electricity

: showing or causing strong feelings

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the setting in which something occurs

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