\ 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 Interspersed with flashbacks of dehumanizing violence, the film charts Jones’ increasingly obsessive pursuit of the truth. Catherine Edwards, Quartzy, "Two new political thrillers are tailor-made for our age of paranoia," 27 Nov. 2019 Google's IPv6 adoption chart above shows nearly one in three Google users having an IPv6 address available to them. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Despite clear warnings, Europe is out of IP addresses—again," 26 Nov. 2019 In the win, Auburn got to give players deep in the depth chart game experience. Giana Han, al, "What Gus Malzahn said on ‘Tiger Talk’ before the Iron Bowl," 25 Nov. 2019 Because managers regress so quickly to the mean, our best predictions came from blending their actual results with 11 seasons’ worth of average ones (see the chart at the top of this article). The Economist, "Data suggest José Mourinho is as likely to flop at Spurs as to succeed," 23 Nov. 2019 On a roster that looks to have several upperclassman receivers with NFL futures — all of whom were above Bell on the depth chart last fall — Bell has surpassed them. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan football's Ronnie Bell's work as a 'grinder' paid off," 21 Nov. 2019 Caufield and Turcotte heard their names called among the first 15 picks in last summer’s NHL draft, and are first and second, respectively, atop the Badgers scoring chart — each averaging more than a point a game. Jess Myers, Twin Cities, "Gophers, Badgers meet at different points of rebuilds," 21 Nov. 2019 Matney displayed charts that showed graduation rates at Raines of 58.3 percent in 2018 and of 66.3 percent in 2019. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD trustees award contracts for sports, building projects," 20 Nov. 2019 That follows Arie’s first-ever Billboard No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart earlier this month with the song. John Wenzel, The Know, "Four of Colorado’s best-known musical exports just nabbed Grammy nominations," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our political leadership must seize the opportunity to chart what would be one of the most significant steps forward in U.S. climate policy in years., "Erika Niedowski: We must drastically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in key sectors - The Boston Globe," 22 Nov. 2019 Cavu Designwerks introduced the Self Driving Vehicle, which includes laser navigation and intelligent pathfinding technology to chart its own way through show scenes in real time. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "IAAPA rides of the future: Roller coaster/waterslide hybrids, flying theaters and more," 21 Nov. 2019 One game after asking the assistants to chart the number of total passes, holding an ugly-but-necessary film breakdown, the offense was stagnant, the ball stuck and bodies were too often stationary. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers deliver worst performance of season in 114-95 loss to Philadelphia 76ers: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 17 Nov. 2019 On Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq urged the country’s politicians to chart a way forward and proposed a roadmap, saying time is of essence. Washington Post, "UN mission in Iraq proposes roadmap for ending upheaval," 11 Nov. 2019 The expo, which lasted for six months, was held in Chicago and was meant to chart the trajectory of the Americas in the four hundred years since Columbus had arrived. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics," 7 Nov. 2019 At a time when there was no Statcast or video service to chart pitches, Hoyer spent his days — typically starting around 9 a.m. and ending around 11 p.m. or midnight — logging pitch location and type., "Tara Sullivan: Alex Cora should be one of Chaim Bloom’s best assets," 30 Oct. 2019 The Skagit Valley Herald reported that students in an advanced algebra class are using RubiQ-brand drones to chart distance, speed and create graphs. USA TODAY, "Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Breaking Bad’ beer, cheetahs, record muskie: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 The cerebral Dokoupil, who once pursued a doctoral degree in media studies, attempts to chart his industry's moment in time. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Dokoupil Is Getting the Hang of Morning Television," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of chart was in 1571

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30 Nov 2019

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“Chart.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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