charter

noun
char·​ter | \ ˈchär-tər How to pronounce charter (audio) \

Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a written instrument (see instrument entry 1 sense 5) or contract (such as a deed) executed in due form
2a : a grant or guarantee of rights, franchises, or privileges from the sovereign power of a state or country The charter allows for unrestricted trading.
b : a written instrument that creates and defines the franchises (see franchise entry 1 sense 1) of a city, educational institution, or corporation a city charter a corporate charter
c : constitution the Charter of the United Nations
3 : a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge or branch The national headquarters approved the charter establishing the local lodge.
4 : a special privilege, immunity, or exemption
5 : a mercantile lease of a ship or some principal part of it In the charter the ship's owner agreed to transport specified cargo to a specified port.
6a : a charter travel arrangement An agent handled the charter providing aircraft travel to and from the tournament.
b : a chartered plane, bus, etc. Their charter had just landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and … everyone in the Mariners' traveling party had to slog through a tedious customs check and then claim his own luggage.— Jeff Pearlman
7 : charter school He pushed for the closure of Chicago's worst schools … and opened dozens of new schools, many of them charters.— Amanda Paulson et al.

charter

verb
chartered; chartering; charters

Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to establish, enable, or convey by charter The city was chartered in 1837.
b British : certify a chartered mechanical engineer
2 : to hire, rent, or lease for usually exclusive and temporary use chartered a boat for deep-sea fishing

charter

adjective

Definition of charter (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a travel arrangement in which transportation (such as a bus or plane) is hired by and for one specific group of people a charter flight

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Verb

charterer \ ˈchär-​tər-​ər How to pronounce charter (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use. we hired a car for the summer decided to let the cottage to a young couple lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease. the diplomat leased an apartment for a year rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting. instead of buying a house, they decided to rent will not rent to families with children charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use. charter a bus to go to the game

Examples of charter in a Sentence

Noun The charter allows for unrestricted trading. Verb The city was chartered in 1837. The team chartered a plane.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Religious schools of every denomination, elite private schools, and more than one thousand charter schools received anywhere from $150,000 to $10 million each according to a database compiled by a website called COVID Stimulus Watch. Diane Ravitch, The New York Review of Books, "The Dark History of School Choice," 5 Jan. 2021 Lowry has been a partner and served nonprofits, charter schools, offshore oil and gas service companies, retail, wholesale, construction companies and equipment rental. NOLA.com, "New Orleans area People in Business for Jan. 3, 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 More recently, the growth of charter schools has also siphoned away students. Los Angeles Times, "‘A wing and a prayer.’ Financial crisis has Catholic schools struggling to serve low-income students," 3 Jan. 2021 Those include charter schools, which are public but operated independently, and private schools that, in some cases, children attend with the help of a government subsidy. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Back to (private) school? Trump executive order empowers families amid COVID-19 pandemic, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says.," 29 Dec. 2020 San Diego County public schools employ about 650 counselors; charter schools have about 130 on staff and private schools about 220, the county Office of Education said. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How one school counselor is trying to tackle a pandemic mental health crisis," 27 Dec. 2020 Enrollment in charter schools rose 62% to 3.3 million students in the 2018-19 school year from 2.1 million in the 2011-12 year, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a nonprofit advocacy organization. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "Biden to Nominate Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary," 23 Dec. 2020 Yass is an options trader who sits on the board of Cato Institute and advocates for the expansion of charter schools. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Super PACs, billionaire donors, and out-of-state interest groups flood Georgia Senate runoffs," 21 Dec. 2020 Eighteen school districts and four charter schools reported fewer than five new cases. al, "Alabama K-12 schools report 3,352 new COVID-19 cases this week," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Similarly, Indiana’s tuition support payments to charter schools were $254 million in Fiscal Year 2020, or under 3.5 percent. Margaret Menge, Washington Examiner, "Ending Indiana school voucher program won’t help fix teacher pay, commission says," 28 Dec. 2020 If cruising becomes a viable option before then, Goldman said, Storylines may charter a ship for residents to live on until 2023. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'I am ecstatic': COVID-19 vaccine inspires confidence among cruise passengers, industry," 24 Dec. 2020 In April and May, residents of both Sand Point and Dutch Harbor had to charter a plane to get to Anchorage. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Ravn Alaska takes off with pared-down schedule as it plans to expand future destinations," 14 Nov. 2020 More than exchanges between traditional K-12 districts, students are exiting to charter or private schools that specialize in virtual teaching. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "These Utah school districts saw the biggest drops in enrollment this year. Here’s why.," 6 Nov. 2020 While the Below Deck guests usually only charter the yachts for three or four days (and therefore pay about half the normal price), pricing is usually based on a per week schedule. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "This Is How Much The Below Deck Cast Makes In A Season," 2 Nov. 2020 Tennessee will distribute $5 million in federal COVID-19 education relief dollars to charter schools across the state, Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee allocates $5M in coronavirus relief funds for charter schools," 5 Nov. 2020 While the teams are smaller, there’s a possibility that the men’s and women’s teams could charter together on flights if their conference schedules end up working in tandem. Dallas News, "As college basketball continues its hectic ramp up, D-FW operations directors work to plan uncertain schedule," 3 Nov. 2020 In mid-April, Illinois officials spent nearly $1.8 million to charter two FedEx flights to Shanghai to pick up supplies of personal protective equipment. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As has been the case in the last several election cycles, the pro-charter reform camp and traditional public school supporters have each backed a slate of candidates. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Balance of power on Indianapolis Public Schools board up for grabs in election," 4 Nov. 2020 Instead, the union has emphasized calling voters, which the pro-charter side has done as well. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. school board races show split between union- and charter-backed candidates," 3 Nov. 2020 Virus cases prompted shifts to virtual instruction Thursday for a school district in Hartman, a charter high school in Little Rock and a junior high in Pocahontas. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Case increase is third-largest at 1,202," 23 Oct. 2020 Allen is the choice of pro-charter education reform groups like Stand for Children and RISE Indy, which are largely supportive of the innovation network and efforts to expand school choice initiatives. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Balance of power up for grabs in Indianapolis Public Schools board races," 12 Oct. 2020 Ludtke was a principal of a charter high school and had previously worked in the Clark County School District, and her daughters took advanced classes at a district middle school. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "America's missing kids: Amid COVID and online school, thousands of students haven't shown up," 28 Sep. 2020 The report said none of the charter flights complied. NBC News, "Watchdog: $341,000 wasted on travel for former high-flying HHS chief Tom Price," 13 July 2018 Justifications for using charter flights were sometimes flimsy, the report concluded. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "HHS Watchdog Pushes to Recoup $341,000 Wasted by Ex-Secretary Price on Travel," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of charter

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charter

Noun and Verb

Middle English chartre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta — see chart entry 1

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The first known use of charter was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Charter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charter. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for charter

charter

noun
How to pronounce charter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a document issued by a government that gives rights to a person or group
: a document which declares that a city, town, school, or corporation has been established
: a document that describes the basic laws, principles, etc., of a group

charter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a charter to (a government, corporation, etc.)
: to hire (a ship, bus, etc.) for temporary use

charter

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of charter (Entry 3 of 3)

: hired for temporary use

charter

noun
char·​ter | \ ˈchär-tər How to pronounce charter (audio) \

Kids Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an official document setting out the rights and duties of a group The charter grants broad trading rights.
2 : a document which declares that a city, town, school, or corporation has been established
3 : a document that describes the basic laws or principles of a group the charity's charter

charter

verb
chartered; chartering

Kids Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to grant a charter to The city was chartered in 1853.
2 : to hire (as a bus or an aircraft) for temporary use The team chartered a plane.

charter

noun
char·​ter

Legal Definition of charter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a grant or guarantee of rights, powers, or privileges from an authority or agency of a state or country a state bank charter — compare constitution
b : a written instrument that creates and defines the powers and privileges of a city, educational institution, or corporation — compare articles of incorporation
2 : a written instrument from the authorities of a society creating a lodge, branch, or chapter
3 : a lease of a ship especially for the delivery of cargo

called also charter party

Legal Definition of charter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to establish, enable, or convey by charter charter a bank
2 : to lease or hire for usually exclusive and temporary use charter a ship

History and Etymology for charter

Noun

Old French chartre letter, formal document, from Late Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta sheet of papyrus

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