\ 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

Meghan's chart has a sweet connection to Princess Diana. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Astrologer Weighs in on Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's Birth Chart," 13 May 2019 In some editions, the chart incorrectly was labeled in millions of dollars. ... WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 6 May 2019 The sun moves into Gemini on Tuesday, May 21, lighting up the domestic sector of your chart. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Pisces Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The energy in the room was off the charts from the first song! Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "George W. Bush's Daughter Barbara Had a Second Wedding at Her Family's Ranch This Weekend," 15 Apr. 2019 That's thanks in large part to Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, who emceed the evening with an energy that was off the charts. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Biggest Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 George Gorton, an early adviser to Mr. Schwarzenegger, said focus groups before the actor ran showed approval ratings that were off the charts. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "From Hollywood to Public Office: Cynthia Nixon Tests a Role Played by Men," 19 June 2018 The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s 200 albums charts and earned him a Grammy nomination. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Memorial spotlights the man behind Nipsey Hussle rap persona," 12 Apr. 2019 Every quarter, the central bank produces a chart of 19 officials’ individual projections for interest rates, with a dot representing each person’s expected value of the Fed’s benchmark rate in coming years. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Officials Wrestle With a ‘Dot Plot’ Dilemma," 18 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The film charts the meteoric rise of this dentist’s daughter from the bedroom community of Cremona, Italy, to number one in the fashion category on the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers list. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni's Secret to Winning on Social Media," 18 Apr. 2019 With multiple hits, Florida Georgia Line have spent a total of 90 weeks atop the Hot country songs chart, surpassing country icon George Strait. Fox News, "Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha break country chart record," 31 July 2018 To that end, the 31-year-old has followed the path that Phoebe Philo charted at Céline. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "How One Woman Makes (And Styles!) Socks for the Old Céline Sort," 29 Apr. 2019 Scientists have been charting satellite imagery to measure chlorophyll as an indicator of phytoplankton in various regions since the 1990s. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Half of the World's Oceans Will Change in Color by the End of this Century," 5 Feb. 2019 In 2018, Pitchfork tracked the lineups of major music festivals that year in the U.S. and charted the genders of the top 10 acts billed for each one. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is Only the Fourth Woman Ever to Headline Coachella," 3 Jan. 2019 In biology, biomass pyramids chart the relative number or weight of one class of organism compared to another organism within the same ecosystem. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 Friends for a lifetime built on a foundation of talking through school and life charting at age 14. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Read: Brett Kavanaugh’s angry, emotional opening statement," 27 Sep. 2018 The iTunes charts tracks digital sales and is updated multiple times each day. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin's '30 Greatest Hits' album tops iTunes charts, bumps Nicki Minaj to No.2," 16 Aug. 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)


\ 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

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chart transitive verb

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