re·charge | \(ˌ)rē-ˈchärj \
recharged; recharging; recharges

Definition of recharge 

intransitive verb

1 : to make a new attack

2 : to regain energy or spirit

3 : to become charged again : to refill with electric charge Batteries keep our devices working throughout the day—that is, they have a high energy density—but they can take hours to recharge when they run down.— Patrice Simon et al.

transitive verb

1 : to charge again especially : to restore anew the active materials in (a storage battery)

2 : to inspire or invigorate afresh : renew

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Other Words from recharge

recharge \(ˌ)rē-ˈchärj, ˈrē-ˌchärj \ noun
rechargeable \(ˌ)rē-ˈchär-jə-bəl \ adjective
recharger \(ˌ)rē-ˈchär-jər \ noun

Examples of recharge in a Sentence

When the computer beeps, you need to recharge the battery. It takes about an hour for the battery to recharge. Take a break to give yourself time to recharge.
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But that outcome, according to the reporting doctor, could have been much worse if the implant had been plugged in to recharge during the lightning strike. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "A 66-Year-Old Woman's Brain Implant Was Shut Off By a Lightning Strike," 6 May 2018 Additionally, spring runoff helps to moisten and recharge the soil—shortages can stress the local vegetation and cause the landscape to dry out faster, potentially increasing the likelihood of earlier and more severe wildfires. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Dismal Western Snowpack is a Climate “Warning Sign”," 14 May 2018 All-electric cars can be recharged every night and be good to go by morning. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Promises, Promises," 22 June 2018 Because of its high mAh capacity, this charger can recharge and iPhone 6.5 times over on a full charge. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Your Gadgets Going With This Anker Battery Sale," 9 July 2018 Messi gets recharged from being at home, around close family and friends. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Be careful how you answer," 14 June 2018 Basically, this thing will recharge for a whole day. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of NASA's New Mars Helicopter," 16 May 2018 This solar highway can recharge electric cars on the move., "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 11 Apr. 2018 Clarification: Last week’s column on power yard tools incorrectly stated the number of potential recharges for the EGO lithium-battery. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of recharge

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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Phrases Related to recharge

recharge one's batteries

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The first known use of recharge was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of recharge

: to refill (a battery) with electricity

: to regain your energy and strength

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