en·​charge | \ ə̇n, en+ \

Definition of encharge

1 archaic : to give into the charge of a person encharging him the custody and defense thereof— Robert Barret
2 : to give a responsibility, duty, or task to : entrust usually used with withfound himself encharged with the bringing up of a young nobleman— R. H. Quick

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History and Etymology for encharge

Middle English enchargen, from Middle French enchargier, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin incarricare, from Latin in + Late Latin carricare to charge, load

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“Encharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encharge. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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