\ 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 Also on the depth chart: Chris Bassitt, Daniel Mengden, Daniel Gossett, Jharel Cotton and Paul Blackburn. John Shea,, "A’s seek greater heights, plan to ramp up trade talks at GM meetings," 11 Nov. 2019 The rabbits, which are the prey, have a high population at the earliest point in time on our chart. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Likely Is a Vampire Apocalypse? There's Math for That.," 31 Oct. 2019 Cobbs faced backlash for working with the Queens spitter but ultimately the two created a chart-topper that glorified God’s greatness. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "9 Of The Best Hip-Hop Gospel Songs," 25 Oct. 2019 Looking at plays that go at least 10 yards (88 times), that 28 number is off-the-charts-low. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "San Diego State Aztecs at UNLV Rebels odds, picks and best bets," 24 Oct. 2019 Sherels also plays cornerback, but was deep on the depth chart at that spot. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings release punt returner Marcus Sherels," 22 Oct. 2019 He’s taken the starting role from Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake, rising up from third stringer on the depth chart after four games. Omar Kelly,, "Mark Walton’s rebounded from offseason troubles to key role with Dolphins," 22 Oct. 2019 Gallman was injured during the Giants’ loss Sunday to the Vikings, which left just undrafted rookie Jon Hilliman, who played at Boston College, and Eli Penny, a fullback, on the depth chart., "FOXBOROUGH — Patriots tight end," 9 Oct. 2019 But, in a way, the eight rhinoceros viper babies recently born at the Milwaukee County Zoo's Aquatic and Reptile Center have their own cribs — filled with wood mulch and fake greenery — and their own growth charts. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby rhinoceros vipers slither their way into the hearts of Milwaukee County zookeepers," 2 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq urged the country’s politicians to chart a way forward and proposed a roadmap, saying time is of essence. Washington Post, "UN mission in Iraq proposes roadmap for ending upheaval," 11 Nov. 2019 The expo, which lasted for six months, was held in Chicago and was meant to chart the trajectory of the Americas in the four hundred years since Columbus had arrived. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics," 7 Nov. 2019 At a time when there was no Statcast or video service to chart pitches, Hoyer spent his days — typically starting around 9 a.m. and ending around 11 p.m. or midnight — logging pitch location and type., "Tara Sullivan: Alex Cora should be one of Chaim Bloom’s best assets," 30 Oct. 2019 The Skagit Valley Herald reported that students in an advanced algebra class are using RubiQ-brand drones to chart distance, speed and create graphs. USA TODAY, "Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Breaking Bad’ beer, cheetahs, record muskie: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 The cerebral Dokoupil, who once pursued a doctoral degree in media studies, attempts to chart his industry's moment in time. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Dokoupil Is Getting the Hang of Morning Television," 23 Oct. 2019 Dr Abdellaoui and Dr Visscher were able, from their studies of the biobank’s records, to chart the effects of the more recent, outward migration. The Economist, "Migrants from coalfields take DNA as well as talent with them," 23 Oct. 2019 The project was received with a relative shrug, particularly Stateside where their 2013 sophomore release, BE, failed to chart. Steven Edelstone,, "Liam Gallagher is finally happy," 18 Sep. 2019 Booton would be able to chart the changes as if on a graph. oregonlive, "Bill Franzke was the high school coach you never forget, and in his time of trial his athletes have not," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of chart was in 1571

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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

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chart transitive verb

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