re·​charge | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈchärj How to pronounce recharge (audio) \
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 How to pronounce recharge (audio) , ˈrē-​ˌchärj \ noun
rechargeable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈchär-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce recharge (audio) \ adjective
recharger \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈchär-​jər How to pronounce recharge (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Most pickup owners probably drive much less than 200 miles on a typical day, though, and could easily recharge overnight. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 11 May 2022 The ability to disconnect and recharge is beneficial to the mental health of workers. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The property even comes with a separate 2,800-square-foot guest house where those with wings can recharge. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 May 2022 For those who can afford such a getaway, the solo excursion creates space to reset and recharge; an anomaly thanks to years of non-stop work and emotional ups and downs courtesy of the pandemic. Sunset Magazine, 31 Jan. 2022 Designers also created three unique sensory experiences, which combine light, graphics displays and scent to help occupants relax or recharge. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2022 Getting out into nature is a great way to relax and recharge. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 Relax and recharge after your adventures at Coamo Hot Springs, where the thermally heated water will soothe aching muscles. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 But with overseas travel stymied by the Chinese territory’s strict quarantine requirements, the couple found a different way to relax and recharge: five hours on a public bus. NBC News, 1 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Recharge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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