\ˈchärt \

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

c : diagram

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 plural number 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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Examples of chart in a Sentence


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.


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

The Weeknd also landed seven top 10s at the same time, on the chart dated Dec. 17, 2016. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart," 13 July 2018 The data on the chart below zigs and zags, though the trend is clearly visible. The Northeast and portions of the Gulf of Mexico are where sea level is increasing most rapidly. Dave Epstein,, "Tidal flooding is expected to become more routine as sea levels rise," 16 June 2018 Johnson was staring down the very real possibility of spending multiple seasons looking up at Lawrence on the Tigers’ quarterback depth chart. Chris Johnson,, "Hunter Johnson's Transfer to Northwestern Adds New Dimension to Future of Big Ten West," 12 June 2018 As of Wednesday morning, the group said that the song was at number three on the charts. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "President Trump Is Making His First Official Visit to the U.K. on Thursday: Here's What You Should Know," 11 July 2018 The rapper and former Love & Hip Hop castmember was brought to court in April, weeks after Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy album was released and hit it big on the charts. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cardi B Files $15M Countersuit Against Ex-Manager," 5 July 2018 His version reached No. 4 on the charts and now has more than one billion views on YouTube. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Teddy Geiger Tried Teen Pop Fame. Now She’s Back on Her Own Terms.," 5 July 2018 Post Malone, aka former Grapevine resident Austin Post, aka guy who's been breaking records on the Billboard charts, will perform Thursday night at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Post Malone will come home — again — for 'Posty Fest' in October," 14 June 2018 During her two decades as a solo artist, Pink has scored two dozen U.S. Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts. George Varga,, "Pink, 17 years into her solo career, bringing her 'Beautiful Trauma' and soaring show to San Diego," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Too Used to Young People Being Killed’ The Florida native was just 20 and at the height of public recognition, both for his top-charting albums as well as the allegations of domestic abuse filed against him. Stephanie Petit,, "XXXTentacion's Music Video for 'SAD!' Released One Day After Fans Gathered at Memorial Service," 28 June 2018 With every action and inaction being carefully charted by a soon-to-be-free-agent LeBron, Love’s injury couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Love Lost: Replacing Kevin Love Won’t Be Simple for the Cavaliers," 30 Jan. 2018 In a family with no shortage of achievers — one sister is a writer, the other an artist; one brother is a newspaper editor, another is an actor — Mrs. Phillips charted her own course. Bryan Marquard,, "Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76," 13 July 2018 Authorities in America, Switzerland, Singapore and elsewhere painstakingly charted the money trail through a series of secretive accounts and shell companies. The Economist, "Malaysia’s former prime minister is charged with breach of trust," 5 July 2018 The Rest of the Market Signing Caldwell-Pope, Stephenson and McGee to one-year deals appears to be charting a sensible pathway to 2019 free agency. Jeremy Woo,, "Examining the Biggest Ripple Effects of LeBron James's Decision to Join Lakers," 1 July 2018 As for charting your own course, consider ruminating on these four points inspired by the film. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Natalie Portman–Backed Documentary Will Make You Seriously Consider Going Vegetarian," 16 June 2018 Similarly, the neighborhood, which in the late 20th century seemed to suffer from every urban ill — crime, poverty, abandonment, arson — now appears to be charting a different course, local officials say. New York Times, "West Farms, the Bronx: Flora, Fauna and Renewal," 13 June 2018 While some fans will be charting his progress at the next level, Oregon State will be filling the void left by Nall and Thomas Tyner., "5 things to watch at Oregon State Beavers spring football game," 27 Apr. 2018

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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

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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.


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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

Other Words from chart

chart transitive verb

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