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

In her lead opinion, Yu rejected arguments from charter-school opponents that the schools were unconstitutional because local voters do not control them. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Charter schools can continue to receive state funding, Washington’s Supreme Court rules," 25 Oct. 2018 Lack of transparency is appalling' Jim Hall, a charter-schools watchdog, asked to speak about the budget at the end of the brief meeting. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter gives teachers raise; refuses to let public comment on budget," 13 July 2018 Prominent charter-school supporters are dishing out campaign money, as key gubernatorial races in several states have now begun in earnest. Washington Post, "Big-name charter school backers donate to key governor races," 5 July 2018 The three board members opposed to Bramlett are part of a four-member majority — which includes Rodriguez — that was elected last year with major financial support from charter-school backers. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Contract extension for L.A. Unified inspector general falls through," 2 July 2018 But charter-school leaders complained the measures were unfair. Maddie Hanna, Philly.com, "Philadelphia School District's charter head stepping down," 28 June 2018 Altogether, he and the charter-school-backing outside group that supported him dished out more than $19 million on TV ads, according to ad-buying trackers Advertising Analytics. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "So, how much did all those TV ads in California get the candidates?," 6 June 2018 Amid mostly peaceful exchanges about charter-school expansion, the recent wave of teachers’ strikes, and Pell grants, among other topics, a handful of Democratic Senators repeatedly asked DeVos how gun policy fits into the commission’s duties. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "DeVos Says There’s One Thing Her School-Safety Commission Won't Be Studying: Guns," 5 June 2018 The charter-school advocates, including the CEO of Netflix and a Republican megadonor, attacked Newsom for skipping work as lieutenant governor, overselling his achievements and mismanaging San Francisco as mayor. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Gavin Newsom heads toward general election in California governor's race," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Suffragists chartered a boat to circle the island during the unveiling. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Talks Bringing the New Statue of Liberty Museum to Life," 13 May 2019 Members can then, in turn, use the tokens to charter a private jet. ... Dave Michaels And Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Private-Jet Cryptocurrency Gets Pass From SEC," 3 Apr. 2019 The captain of another boat that capsized on the same day and the manager of a travel agency that chartered the boat have also been charged for being careless leading to injuries. Washington Post, "Thai official: 5 reported missing from sunken boat are alive," 9 July 2018 Woods said a main reason many boats are unlicensed is because owners believe their vessels won’t pass an inspection and would rather run the risk of chartering anyway than make small improvements to meet regulations. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Coast Guard warns of illegal charter boats: 'They’re taking your money, and they might also take your life'," 27 June 2018 Brokers in Singapore and London said capesize vessels, the largest ships that move bulk commodities like iron ore, coal and aluminum, were chartered in the spot market for as low as $8,200 a day on Thursday, a $500 decline from Wednesday. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Free-Falling Freight Rates Spell Trouble For Shipping," 7 Feb. 2019 From there, the star had chartered two planes to transport everyone from Brown Field Municipal Airport to Fort Wayne, IN for another show the following day. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Honors Late Band Members Who Died in a Tragic Plane Crash 28 Years Ago," 18 Mar. 2019 The cruise portion of the itinerary will take place on the 56-passenger Ganges Voyager, a three-year-old vessel that Avalon is chartering. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Avalon Waterways to add India cruise tours in 2019," 19 Mar. 2018 Boy Scout Troop 1250, chartered at St. Mary of the Mills Church and led by Scoutmaster Brian Switalski, had a full year that included camping, kayaking and community service. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "Keeping local news important [Old Town," 6 July 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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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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