\ 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 In the Lakers’ case, Vogel has more relative wiggle room to determine the depth chart because of the absences to Rondo and Avery Bradley, who opted out to stay home with his family. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Is the NBA experiencing growing pains or warning signs with campus setup?," 14 July 2020 Listed as the starter with Marshon Ford on the first depth chart, Pfeffier will see a lot of playing time this year, like last season. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "We're counting down Louisville football's most important players. Here's No. 25," 12 July 2020 Fast forward to now, and they are both slated to top the depth chart at their position for the Bengals. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals guard Michael Jordan ready to take game 'further' in second season," 8 July 2020 Case numbers by nursing home are shown in the chart below. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Coronavirus death total at Ohio nursing homes reaches 2,101 - 70% of all," 9 July 2020 The Economist has used the Fed’s data to make a rough estimate of the impact today’s loan losses would have had (see chart). The Economist, "Daily chart How resilient are the banks?," 9 July 2020 The 10 districts receiving the most PPP loans over $150,000 are represented in the chart below. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "These congressional districts saw the highest number of PPP loans over $150,000," 6 July 2020 Potentially in a few seasons, the depth chart up the middle reads Byfield, Larkin, and Joe Veleno (the Wings’ pick at 30th overall in 2018). Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Red Wings could do with third overall pick: NHL draft lottery countdown," 23 June 2020 The chart — created by public health, epidemiology and infectious disease experts — currently has Dallas County’s risk level in the red category, indicating a high community risk for COVID-19 transmission. Dallas News, "‘It’s nice to get out’: Moviegoers return to the theaters as Cinemark reopens in North Texas," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What follows are some of the best cinematic efforts that capture that wary mood over the years, arranged chronologically to chart how filmmakers’ brashness waxed and waned over the decades. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 13 Best Movies About Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Government," 5 June 2020 Sometimes some counties within a state would follow it, and others would chart a different course. Washington Post, "Millions track the pandemic on Johns Hopkins’s dashboard. Those who built i...," 13 Apr. 2020 But the challenge now is to chart a path without suffering the same blowback as countries such as Australia and Canada. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Under Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand pivots on how to deal with China," 6 July 2020 Markus Braun, the chief executive, worked around the clock with the electronic-payments giant’s top executives to chart a response, fast tracking the start date of a new chief compliance officer to reassure investors.... Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Wirecard’s Adventure-Seeking No. 2 Was Key to the Firm’s Rapid Rise. Then He Disappeared.," 3 July 2020 The reason is that doing so helps chart the course of the pandemic and monitor the effectiveness of lockdowns. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, "To Spot Future Coronavirus Flare-Ups, Search the Sewers," 30 June 2020 To chart a course of high climate ambition and small government, mechanisms like a carbon tax are necessary. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""We are at a crossroads": House Democrats release plan to address climate crisis," 30 June 2020 The coming weeks will prove crucial as companies try to chart a path forward. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Apple and Disney prove reopening isn't easy," 25 June 2020 After arriving at Ponsonby Sound, FitzRoy and some of the crew, including Darwin, headed off in two of the ship’s boats on a 300-mile round trip to chart the farther reaches of the Beagle Channel, named for FitzRoy’s first adventures there. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of chart was in 1571

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1 Aug 2020

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“Chart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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

Other Words from chart

chart transitive verb

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