\ ˈchärt How to pronounce chart (audio) \

Definition of chart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : map: such as
a : an outline map exhibiting something (such as climatic or magnetic variations) in its geographical aspects
b : a map for the use of navigators
2a : a sheet giving information in tabular form
b : graph
d : a sheet of paper ruled and graduated for use in a recording instrument
e : a record of medical information about a patient
f : a listing by rank (as of sales) usually used in pluralnumber one on the charts— Tim Cahill
3 : a musical arrangement also : a part in such an arrangement


charted; charting; charts

Definition of chart (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay out a plan for chart a course
2 : to make a map or chart of chart the coastline
3 : chronicle the book charts the last years of his life

intransitive verb

: to be ranked on a chart the song charted for three months

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Synonyms for chart

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of chart in a Sentence

Noun a chart showing the number of cars sold each month The doctor consulted the patient's chart. The record went to the top of the charts. Verb They charted the course of the ship. She wanted to chart her own career path. He will try to chart a new course for the company. analysts charting trends in the stock market
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With spring practice over the Oregonian/OregonLive is reviewing Oregon’s depth chart position by position. oregonlive, "Jevon Holland the linchpin of Oregon Ducks’ defense at Nickel," 28 May 2020 The chart below is based on the most recent case data from the Ohio Department of Health. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Mapping Ohio’s 33,439 coronavirus cases, updates, trends," 27 May 2020 With highs expected to surge well past 100 over the remainder of this month, 2020 will be near the top of charts as far as early season heat is concerned. Pedram Javaheri And Judson Jones, CNN, "The western US will bake in record heat this week," 27 May 2020 With assistance by Manish Modi (Updates with new chart after third paragraph) Published on Updated on Have a confidential tip for our reporters? Bibhudatta Pradhan,, "India’s Virus Cases Cross 100,000, Jump at Fastest Pace in Asia," 26 May 2020 For the first time since Jimbo Fisher’s arrival 2½ years ago from Florida State, the majority of Texas A&M’s depth chart this fall should be his recruits. Brent Zwerneman,, "RB, OL highlight Texas A&M’s recruiting needs for 2021," 26 May 2020 The controversy is over the perception that the chart was a projection of coronavirus deaths. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "'He's always wrong': Trump economist fires back in feud with Obama adviser over coronavirus deaths," 26 May 2020 Changing bedpans and lifting armrests and holding shoulders, checking charts, slipping little baggies over the tips of thermometers, inserting I.V. needles. David Means, The New Yorker, "Two Nurses, Smoking," 25 May 2020 The other carriers in the chart are deploying 5G in the FR1 range—the same frequencies already in use for 2G, 3G, and 4G connections. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "OpenSignal compares 5G experiences across ten major carriers," 25 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The data is charted against the number of people in the workforces of each state, as of February 2020, the latest figures available. USA Today, "Key swing states Michigan and Pennsylvania are among hardest hit by coronavirus-fueled job losses," 17 Apr. 2020 Maps charted vulnerable groups and population densities. Christine Fernando, Indianapolis Star, "Stunned by coronavirus, a college town slowly awakens to a surreal new normal," 11 Apr. 2020 One expected emphasis is mapping more of the world's vulnerable marine ecosystems and biodiversity hot spots and more of the ocean's bottom, only about 4% of which has been charted in high resolution. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 In the hospital, my urine is measured and charted by the same person who comforts me with conversation. Longreads, "Communiqué from an Exurban Satellite Clinic of a Cancer Pavilion Named after a Financier," 17 Sep. 2019 The three rappers who appear alongside her in Bad Rap probably couldn’t have charted her path to success. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Fans of The Farewell should check out Awkwafina in the Netflix doc Bad Rap," 12 July 2019 With New York making steady progress in its battle against the virus and three upstate regions poised to start a gradual reopening by this weekend, Mr. Cuomo reiterated on Tuesday the importance of federal aid as the state charts its recovery. New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates," 13 May 2020 The four-part finale, airing on the streaming service Disney+, has largely charted those events from the perspective of Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein), the padawan to Anakin Skywalker's Jedi knight. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' meets 'Revenge of the Sith' in final episodes," 1 May 2020 The book charts a rough linear progression through the course of a career, from thinking like an artist, to maintaining a studio routine, to entering and then surviving the art world. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "When Art Becomes Self-Help," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of chart


1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chart


Middle French charte, from Latin charta piece of papyrus, document — more at card entry 1

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The first known use of chart was in 1571

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31 May 2020

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“Chart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: information in the form of a table, diagram, etc.
: a record of information about a medical patient
: a map of an area (such as the sky or ocean) used by pilots, sailors, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of chart (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a chart of (an area) also : to mark (something) on a chart
: to make a plan for (something)
: to note the changes, progress, etc., in (something)


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Kids Definition of chart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sheet giving information in a table or lists or by means of diagrams a seating chart a growth chart
2 : a map showing features (as coasts, currents, and shoals) of importance to sailors
3 : a diagram of an area showing information other than natural features


charted; charting

Kids Definition of chart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a map or chart of chart the seas
2 : to make a plan for He charted his career.


\ ˈchärt How to pronounce chart (audio) \

Medical Definition of chart

1 : a sheet giving information especially in tabular form especially : a record of medical information for a patient
2 : graph
3 : a sheet of paper ruled and graduated for use in a recording instrument

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chart transitive verb

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