\ 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
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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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 Learn more about the Billboard Hot Trending chart here. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Willow Smith & More of the Week's Biggest Winners (May 7)," 7 May 2021 That album was the deluxe version of Trippie Redd’s Pegasus, which peaked at Number Two on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart upon its release in November 2020. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Trippie Redd Teams Up With Playboi Carti for ‘Miss the Rage’," 7 May 2021 The most familiar pillar of employee engagement for many companies is their talent structure, i.e., the organizational chart. Jennifer Garrard, Forbes, "The Three Pillars Of Engaging Organizational Talent," 6 May 2021 What’s even better is the detailed size chart that also includes exact measurements. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "The Best Places to Buy a Wedding Dress Online—And 28 Dresses to Consider," 6 May 2021 With a class of undrafted-free-agent signings soon to be finalized, the team’s depth chart is coming into focus. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens roster projection: With draft over and Alejandro Villanueva signed, depth chart comes into focus," 5 May 2021 The line chart compares monthly U.S. births in 2020 against monthly births in 2019 and 2018. Emily Barone, Time, "The U.S. Birth Rate Dropped Last Year, But Don't Blame It All on the Pandemic," 5 May 2021 This year's BBMAs are based on the chart period from March 21, 2020, through April 3, 2021. Rachel Yang,, "Pink to receive Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards: 'A true 'pinch me' moment'," 4 May 2021 The correlation between state-level poverty rates and gun hospitalizations is apparent in the chart above. Washington Post, "Gun injuries put over a half-million people in hospitals from 2000 to 2016, study finds," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The future is uncertain for those Republicans who want to chart a different path instead of reliving 2020., "In rapidly changing Georgia, many Republicans remain obsessed with the last election," 24 Apr. 2021 But the outcome of the trial could mark a turning point in the growing nationwide movement to chart a path toward police reform and accountability. Miriam E. Rocah, CNN, "Why Derek Chauvin got convicted," 22 Apr. 2021 Every enterprise must assess its own maturity and accordingly chart its own path and timeline. Akhilesh Tripathi, Forbes, "Why Prescriptive Analytics Can Help Achieve Autonomous Enterprise Operations," 16 Apr. 2021 While states and localities chart a path toward a return to normalcy, the concept of requiring proof of vaccination, also known as a vaccine passport, for travel or admittance to schools or businesses is picking up steam. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Joe Biden's Joe Manchin problem slows agenda again: The Note," 6 Apr. 2021 Others have been working to chart the path to control how the water flows from the pond into the Tampa Bay. Fox News, "Leak at wastewater pond prompts evacuations in Florida," 4 Apr. 2021 This is the month when the two sides chart a long-term path. David Moore, Dallas News, "The ultimate guide to Dallas Cowboys free agency," 4 Mar. 2021 About a dozen candidates have already filed paperwork to run, but only a handful are visibly beginning to chart their paths forward. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, "Early stages of Pennsylvania Senate race form around 2020 aftermath," 12 Mar. 2021 Trump is expected to hammer Biden’s policy on immigration in a keynote address at CPAC on Sunday, in remarks that will attempt to chart a path for the Republican Party. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Biden tries to avoid 'kids in cages' tag amid increased child migrant flow at southern border," 25 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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10 May 2021

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“Chart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈchärt How to pronounce chart (audio) \

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

Other Words from chart

chart transitive verb

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