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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Hiking in Northern Vietnam: TrufflepigSpend three days trekking the highlands of Mai Chau, through cassava fields and past traditional villages, stopping to recharge at rustic ecolodges. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Four Adventure Itineraries to Book in Southeast Asia," 14 Nov. 2018 After cleaning and recharging, the car finds the VO, then places itself strategically close to passengers headed to a common destination. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 Currently, pilots are on a six day on, one day off schedule, which worked well when pilots used to have long winter breaks to recharge, according to FOX40. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Pilot shortage grounds air tankers used to battle California wildfires from the sky," 6 Sep. 2018 The camper’s lights, fridge, DC outlets, and water pump are powered by a 110Ah AGM+ battery which can go about two days before recharging. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Pop-top camper van fits in your garage and sleeps a family," 12 July 2018 That's due to conservation efforts, recycling wastewater and recharging water underground for future use, SRP officials say. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix's water use continues to drop," 12 July 2018 In the case of the new moon, a supermoon can make its already relaxing, recharging effects feel especially restorative., "The New Moon This Thursday Will Be A Double Whammy," 9 July 2018 Just being a person in the world is exhausting, and weeping recharges your batteries! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "15 Sad Movies for When You Need Something to Cry About," 3 Oct. 2018 The stylus, when inserted back into the phone, fully recharges within 40 seconds. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Introduces Galaxy Note 9, a Smartphone Strikingly Like Its Predecessor," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of recharge

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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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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