\ 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

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

Scary charts Many Americans knew Perot because of his two third-party runs at the presidency in 1992 and 1996. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 The landmark Quarterly Journal of Economics analysis mentioned above also confirmed findings that a rising minimum wage ripples through the org chart, helping workers who earn as much as $3 an hour more than the new minimum wage. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "It’s not just paychecks: The surprising society-wide benefits of raising the minimum wage," 8 July 2019 So the first episode charts how Ailes was recruited by media mogul Rupert Murdoch (played by Simon McBurney) to launch Fox News. Mark Dawidziak,, "‘Loudest Voice’ fails with rise and fall of Roger Ailes," 28 June 2019 The charts above track housing-market indicators across 28 countries, in some instances going as far back as 1970. The Data Team, The Economist, "Global house-price index," 27 June 2019 The page, which features an Apollo 11 burn chart, is signed and flight certified by Collins and Buzz Aldrin and is expected to raise at least $20,000 at auction. Fox News, "Apollo 11 flag, flight plan page and roll of film used on the Moon are up for auction," 20 June 2019 Here's the recommendation with charts, graphs and bullet points. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A man who can build a car by hand leads Ford into future; 'He’s just never afraid'," 19 June 2019 For the first time since October 2018, Chris Evans is back on top The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart, leaping 5-1 on the June 19-dated list. Kevin Rutherford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Social Climbers Charts: Chris Evans Returns to No. 1 on Top Actors, ‘The Good Place’ Leaps After Finale Announcement," 15 June 2019 With off-the-charts athleticism that should translate nicely to the next level, Hachimura started 37 games for Gonzaga as a junior, averaging 19.7 points while shooting 59.1 percent., "Who could the Spurs take in the NBA Draft?," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Women’s World Cup, which will crown its champion on Sunday in the French city of Lyon, will be charted in many ways. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup Reporters Find Huge Audiences and Familiar Challenges," 4 July 2019 The multiple Grammy-winner has charted 39 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums both in the US and internationally. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "There's a Neil Diamond musical headed to Broadway," 1 July 2019 But, agree or disagree with the move, this much is refreshing: UConn is charting the course, not a bunch of TV executives or football coaches or conference presidents or those winds of realignment. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Nostalgia is nice, but UConn’s move to the Big East is about writing and sending its own athletic messages," 28 June 2019 Alongside Stalingrad, a new biography, Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century, by Alexandra Popoff, charts Grossman’s life as a journey from moral compromise to the truth of Life and Fate. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Floodwaters charted the destiny of Kochi, the centuries-old port city in the Indian state of Kerala—a sliver of land stretching some 360 miles along the country’s southwestern Malabar Coast—nearly 700 years ago. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 State lawmakers also charted a course to increase tax credits to the working poor and boost subsidies to middle-income Californians to buy health coverage. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 Rhodes, who arrived in Indianapolis as a linebacker, has charted a remarkable career path. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Darius Leonard's ankle feeling much better after unexpected surgery," 11 June 2019 My film-charting analyst, Colin Bowers, found the trends. Andy Benoit,, "Patriots Draft: The Case for Taking a QB, and the Case Against It," 11 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.


\ 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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