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 4) 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 2) 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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Other Words from charter

Verb

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

Synonyms for charter

Synonyms: Verb

engage, hire, lease, rent

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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

Five people died in a collision in October, while nine passengers of a charter bus were killed and dozens more injured in 2012 after the vehicle slipped on ice and fell 200 feet into a ravine, the paper reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "7 members of Washington state family among 8 killed in Oregon crash," 15 Aug. 2018 All shuttles and charter buses will be temporarily relocated to the domestic arrivals roadway on Level 1. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "McNamara Terminal moves aimed at public transport users to Metro Airport," 12 July 2018 The school's partnership with the Greater Sacramento Urban League, required by its charter and necessary to qualify it for a Workforce Innovation and Quality Act exemption, also is questioned in the report. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Adult charter could lose state funds, face sanctions after state review finds questionable practices," 3 July 2018 Its charter was also nixed by the San Diego County Board of Education. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "College Prep middle school breaks ground in Spring Valley," 3 July 2018 Two other speakers and DeLuccie said that the council had violated its own city charter by singling out which jobs were to be cut. Steve Vockrodt And Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Acting director of Independence Power & Light to resign after fractious city meeting," 27 June 2018 The order comes amid scrutiny of MUFG over its conversion to a federal banking charter in late 2017. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "U.S. Regulator Asks MUFG Branches to Strengthen Anti-Money-Laundering Controls," 22 Feb. 2019 Thirty-six of those spots are already filled because of NASCAR’s charter system. Mark Long, The Seattle Times, "Byron wins Daytona 500 pole, puts Hendrick up front again," 11 Feb. 2019 Jamie Hyneman was a Caribbean charter-boat captain. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From there, fellow TV show enthusiasts will be chartered to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico before heading back to the mainland February 29. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "A "Golden Girls" Cruise Is in the Works, So Renew Your Passport Immediately," 19 Feb. 2019 In Washington, five nudist clubs are chartered through AANR: Tiger Mountain, Lake Associates Recreation Club (LARC) in Mount Vernon, Sun Lovers Under Gray Skies in Seattle, Lake Bronson Club in Sultan and Kaniksu Ranch near Spokane. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "‘SpongeBob NoPants’ and body paint: Halloween offers Seattle-area nudists chance to celebrate amid fading popularity," 26 Oct. 2018 In the final stage of the negotiation, MPS demanded that Rocketship, which is chartered by the city, obtain a charter from MPS instead. Cori Petersen, WSJ, "This Building Is for Sale (but Not to a Charter School)," 9 Nov. 2018 Records show that two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi crown prince and interior ministry arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance. David Botti, The Seattle Times, "Suspects in Khashoggi case had ties to Saudi crown prince," 16 Oct. 2018 These are the scenes aboard the Aquarius, a humanitarian ship chartered by the SOS Méditerranée, an aid group working with Doctors Without Borders. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Aboard the Rescue Ship Where Migrants Have Been Stuck for a Week," 15 June 2018 Hill tracks his partner to the Siberian city of Mirny, chartering a private jet to the remote gem-mining outpost in hopes of locating Pyotr and recovering the missing samples. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Siberia': Film Review," 13 July 2018 Click&Boat has started a separate site, Click&Yacht, for chartering luxury craft for thousands of euros a day in places like the Côte d’Azur, for which there is plenty of international demand. The Economist, "Yacht-sharing startups vie to rule the waves," 21 June 2018 The company claims that the famous crew chartered a flight and left a $225,353.80 tab unpaid. Page Six, "Kim, Khloé and Scott Disick sued over private jet bill," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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charter

noun

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

charter

transitive verb

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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