\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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Synonyms for chart

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

chronicle, describe, narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report, tell

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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

See below for sizing tips and be sure to reference any brand's sizing chart before purchase. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Here’s a look at America’s monopoly problem, in one chart. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google spends $1 billion on a 52-acre office park in space-constrained Silicon Valley," 27 Nov. 2018 The Ascendant also reveals the chart’s ruling planet. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Listen to Daigle's chat with Christian chart manager Jim Asker. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Lauren Daigle on New Album 'Look Up Child' & Single 'You Say': 'I Want This to Be a Record of Joy & Hope'," 13 July 2018 Since forming in 1998, Hillsong United — a band of worship leaders that rotate in and out of the lineup — has released five studio albums, all of which have peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s US Christian Albums chart. Stephanie Petit,, "Inside Hillsong: All About the Church That's Attracted the Likes of Justin Bieber and Chris Pratt," 9 July 2018 The two stars do have a lot in common at the moment, besides their chart status. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Shared a Supportive Text from Halsey About "Without Me" and "Thank U, Next"," 16 Nov. 2018 Simply dip one into the water and compare the strips color to the chart on the container. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Pool," 25 Oct. 2018 The figures and charts on display reflect responses from architecture school students across the world, with data mined from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vanderpump Rules: Watch your first look at season seven, below: 9 P.M. ET on Bravo Tuesday, December 4 Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox: Megan Fox charts the globe and uncovers ancient mysteries in this new travel series. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 2 Dec. 2018 The Democratic and Republican strategies reflect the path each party has charted with two weeks till Nov. 6. Sean Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Divided Democrats struggle to answer Trump’s claims on migrant caravan," 23 Oct. 2018 Starting in 2020, SDSS-V will use mini robots to aim optical cables at the sky, charting our cosmic metropolis faster than ever before. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "A Heavenly Disk To Map The Universe," 13 Aug. 2018 Elsewhere Kevin Roose wades through tweets and Facebook posts to chart the alleged mail bomber’s devolution into a fringe conspiracy theorist and terrorist. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world," 30 Oct. 2018 Check out this light pollution map to chart out a dark place to watch. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to watch.," 20 Oct. 2018 Paula allows us to look at her, to chart her evolution. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 Trump is not the first U.S. president to chart the White House's own schedule for commenting on major economic reports. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Trump tweet on jobs report may have breached a 1985 federal directive," 1 June 2018 The report charted accidental deaths that were related to selfies between 2014 and 2016 and looked at possible correlating factors. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "A Texas Teen Was Reportedly Fatally Shot While Taking Selfies With a Gun," 26 July 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

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