\ 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 Not every pillow at the bottom of our charts is inexpensive. NBC News, "Sleep on this: Consumer Reports rates the best pillows for better sleep," 9 Jan. 2020 As the decade comes to a close, Mariah Carey is once again on the top of the charts. Essence, "Mariah Carey Is The First Artist To Top The Charts In Four Separate Decades," 31 Dec. 2019 Few could have expected Haskins' rise to the top of the depth chart in 2019. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football running back Hassan Haskins reflects on breakout 2019 season," 30 Dec. 2019 The group's third studio album also reached the upper ranks of the charts in other countries, including the U.K. and Japan. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch BABYMETAL's New 'DA DA DANCE' Music Video Featuring Live Footage From L.A.'s Forum," 18 Dec. 2019 In an hour or so, Lizzo would take the stage to a similarly joyful noise, a remarkable turn of events for an artist who has defied most of the modern rules of pop stardom in her unexpected ascent to the top of the charts. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "100% her year: How Lizzo became the one thing we all loved in 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Never Broke Again, reached the Top 10 of the pop charts in October., "CHICAGO — Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.," 9 Dec. 2019 The hit quickly rose to the top of the charts, peaking at no. Claudia Harmata,, "Everything to Know About Rapper Juice WRLD After His Death at 21," 8 Dec. 2019 Juice WRLD, the rapper and singer who rose from the unruly Soundcloud world to the top of the Billboard charts, died on Sunday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed. Time, "Juice WRLD, Rising Rapper and Singer, Dies at 21," 8 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike some of his predecessors, Bobby Jindal, who took office in 2008, didn’t publicly signal plans to chart a new direction at the DEQ. Gordon Russell, ProPublica, "How an Environmental Regulator Became Known for Protecting Industry," 19 Dec. 2019 For more than two years, civic groups, school leaders, businesses and others have convened with county officials to chart strategy. Michael Wines, New York Times, "In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much.," 15 Dec. 2019 The aim was to chart ways of accelerating the translation of innovation and address the continent’s most urgent health and development problems. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s medical scientists are struggling to get funding to back their research," 13 Dec. 2019 The novel is an attempt to chart the ways in which what is ordinary or obscure survives in a society that’s at the mercy of nature and the market. Amitava Kumar, The New Yorker, "How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing," 12 Dec. 2019 The team is also trying to chart a future for this mural’s cave site. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Ancient cave art may depict the world's oldest hunting scene," 11 Dec. 2019 So think of this less as a conclusion than charting a course for new lands. Tyler Aquilina,, "Here are all the TV shows ending in 2020," 23 Dec. 2019 Fully Loaded also marks the highest-charting greatest hits album on the Billboard 200 since October of 2017, when Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits spent two weeks at No. 2 in the wake of Petty’s death on Oct. 2 of that year. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Harry Styles' 'Fine Line' Album Earns Huge No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart," 22 Dec. 2019 The team charts how much children have been harmed physically or emotionally and tries to determine how that pain might affect a child’s ability to move on from it., "He's changing the way Michigan teachers help children with trauma," 14 Dec. 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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The first known use of chart was in 1571

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12 Jan 2020

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“Chart.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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