\ 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
c : diagram
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 plural number 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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for chart

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

chronicle, describe, narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report, tell

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of chart in a Sentence


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.


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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This week, Billboard announced that the power ballad from A Star Is Born took the number one slot on its Hot 100 chart, following the duo's Best Original Song victory and emotional performance at the Academy Awards last Sunday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Had the Sweetest Reaction When She and Bradley Cooper Topped the Billboard Chart," 6 Mar. 2019 Its greater impact could come late in seasons as coaches beef up their two-deep depth charts with freshmen who would have otherwise sat out the entire season. Andy Staples,, "New Redshirt Rule Adds Intriguing Potential Twist to Alabama's QB Competition," 3 July 2018 The Bruins improved dramatically as 2018 unfolded, were a handful of plays from winning five games and return the bulk of their depth chart on both sides of the ball. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Way-too-early Pac-12 football predictions: Can Washington rule the North once again?," 23 Jan. 2019 In the Middle East and Asia, for example, top games include mobile multiplayer online battle arena games such as like Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, two games that aren’t even on the charts in the US. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite is not the biggest game on YouTube this year," 18 Sep. 2018 As a 39th-round pick, Acosta wouldn’t be too high on the organizational depth chart. Steve Reaven,, "Barrington OF Tyler Acosta heads to college after declining to sign with Arizona Diamondbacks," 12 July 2018 This chart, based on data compiled by researcher Josh Tewksbury, shows the correlation between the number of guns and gun deaths (including homicides and suicides) among wealthier nations: Guns are not the only contributor to violence. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry is off the charts, and this film—not Mad Love, sorry—established the actress as rom-com gold (see Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, and Fever Pitch). Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 The next chart, for example, shows how a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q laptop stacks up in 3DMark’s Port Royal ray tracing test. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For now, The Walking Dead is holding its own, still charting a course for a more nuanced, smarter version of its former self. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Walking Dead is finally tackling morality like it’s smarter than a comic book," 15 Oct. 2018 Students are then responsible for parsing out the steps to demystify the issue, such as charting out individual characteristics of Mussolini and Hitler. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Inside a 'D' school: An Arizona junior high grapples with its state letter grade," 22 Mar. 2018 The announcement makes Icahn the tentative winner of a battle for charting Newell's future with a rival activist shareholder, Starboard Value, which has called for replacing the company's CEO and its full board of directors. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Investor Carl Icahn to get four board seats at Newell Brands, the maker of Elmer's Glue," 19 Mar. 2018 Jenny and guest host Craig Giammona talk with grocery experts about how stores are already changing -- and the challenge that Amazon faces in charting a new future for the industry., "The Tech Industry Wants To Revolutionize How You Grocery Shop," 10 July 2017 Later the team will return with survey tools to chart the watermarks’ elevations. Sarah Meehan,, "How surveyors track high water marks throughout Maryland after flooding — and what that data is used for," 31 May 2018 What Swan and Bryant seem to be signalling is that Swan will be a hands-off type of guy, more inclined to let Intel’s business leaders set the direction as opposed to aggressively charting his own vision. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 Note: Free Democrats, Left and Greens are pollingbehind AfD and not charted. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Immigration Backlash Erodes Merkel’s Power in Conservative Stronghold," 26 June 2018 The flashback-heavy film centers on a couple (Ronan and Billy Howle) from rather different class backgrounds honeymooning in a romantic spot in the 1960s, charting what brought them together and what eventually split them apart. Steven Zeitchik,, "'On Chesil Beach' marks a cinematic return for Ian McEwan 10 years after 'Atonement'," 19 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chart

Statistics for chart

Last Updated

23 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chart

The first known use of chart was in 1571

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chart



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)


\ ˈchärt How to pronounce chart (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chart

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chart

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for chart

Spanish Central: Translation of chart

Nglish: Translation of chart for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of chart for Arabic Speakers

Comments on chart

What made you want to look up chart? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!