: 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

Example Sentences

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 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 Pippin, who studied at and whose works were collected by the Barnes Foundation (perhaps, then, America’s most sophisticated place to learn about art), offers the most charged and various pictures. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 During summer months, when many school buses are not in use and power usage often peaks, utilities soon may be able to call on school districts to make charged buses available to help ease demand load. Andrea Marpillero-colomina, The Conversation, 17 Aug. 2022 Whisked with olive oil and Dijon mustard, pickle brine makes a super-charged dressing. Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 9 Aug. 2022 The charged back-and-forth in Parliament earlier in the day captured the dizzying decline in Johnson’s fortunes. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2022 As the rhetoric surrounding LGBTQ issues has become more charged, several LGBTQ safe spaces and celebrations have also been targeted with threats or acts of violence. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 17 May 2022 The protests have led to a more charged political atmosphere across New Zealand. Nick Perry, ajc, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

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 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


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

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