\ 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

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Synonyms for chart

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The song, inspired by his own experiences working on a ship on that fateful day, has already hit No. 1 on Amazon’s music chart. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "TELLING THE STORY," 9 June 2019 Meanwhile, while Ellen DeGeneres continues to rule Top TV Personalities, Jake Tapper sees a sizable boost on the chart. Kevin Rutherford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Social Climbers Charts: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits No. 1 After Viral Kodi Lee Performance," 8 June 2019 Thanks to the way he was deployed in high school, Owusu-Koramoah’s football IQ is off the charts. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has all the attributes to be wrecking ball at rover," 7 June 2019 The makeup everybody talks about is off the charts. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles manager Brandon Hyde impressed with first overall pick Adley Rutschman: 'He does it really easy'," 5 June 2019 The release of Map of the Soul: Persona marked the group's third number one on the chart making them the first group since the Beatles to do so in less than one year. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Facts About BTS That Will Make You Want To Join The ARMY," 5 June 2019 Bird-watching is off the charts in Riviera Nayarit, with the area surrounding the city of San Blas being one of the premier bird-watching sites in the world. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "New Mexico hot spot: Riviera Nayarit caters to families with new resorts and attractions," 4 June 2019 And baby name speculation based off of that initial would be off the charts. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have the Sweetest Message for Princess Charlotte," 2 May 2019 The single rose to No. 2 on the Billboard dance-song chart, and designers like Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham featured it in their runway shows. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "How the World Fell Head Over Heels for RuPaul," 15 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is indeed global warming — the past five years have been the hottest since record-keeping began, and so much sea ice has melted that shipping lanes are being charted across the Arctic Ocean. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Only an ignoramus would sound like Trump," 9 June 2019 See the Social Climbers charts below, and for the full 25-position Top Actors list, pick up the THR issue dated June 12. Kevin Rutherford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Social Climbers Charts: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits No. 1 After Viral Kodi Lee Performance," 8 June 2019 The act's first charted title, Zoospa is the second for Stewart, who, as moniker Machinedrum, hit No. 14 in 2016 with Human Energy. Gordon Murray, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Zack Martino, Dyson, Todrick Hall & J-E-T-S," 7 June 2019 If Trump's levies end up topping out at the 25% threshold he's charted out, the tax would grow to nearly $27 billion. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Top Texas Republicans push back on Trump's Mexico tariffs, but how far will they go?," 5 June 2019 The mixtape made it into the Billboard 200 chart, making J-Hope the highest-charting K-pop solo act to hit the chart, according to Billboard. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "You Won't Believe What BTS Member J-Hope's Net Worth Is," 29 May 2019 Based on the data, measured by and charted by Github user mrquart, the number of words in each episode declined throughout the show's seasons. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Twitter Thinks This Chart Helps Explain Why You Didn't Love Game of Thrones Last Season," 26 May 2019 The film charts the meteoric rise of this dentist’s daughter from the bedroom community of Cremona, Italy, to number one in the fashion category on the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers list. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni's Secret to Winning on Social Media," 18 Apr. 2019 With multiple hits, Florida Georgia Line have spent a total of 90 weeks atop the Hot country songs chart, surpassing country icon George Strait. Fox News, "Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha break country chart record," 31 July 2018

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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