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 rechargeable (audio) \ adjective
recharger \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈchär-​jər How to pronounce recharger (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Cut up to 7300 square feet without recharging the batteries and catch your grass clippings in the mower’s bag, or insert the mulching plug to send them back into your lawn. Popular Science, "Four eco-friendly lawnmowers that don’t use gas," 14 Apr. 2020 Give yourself permission to plant in front of the TV today, recharge your batteries and get a good night’s sleep. Tim Herrera, New York Times, "What to Do With a Day off," 16 Feb. 2020 Bonner also elaborates her love for traveling and how that, in many spaces, allows her to recharge and usually ends up being an inspiration for the designer. James Love, Essence, "Grace Wales Bonner and Chioma Nnadi Talk About Fashion with A Purpose," 11 Oct. 2019 Not to mention, this smart robot is battery powered and will even automatically recharge when its running low. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Beetl Is a Roomba-Like Robot That Will Roll Through Your Yard and Pick up Any Dog Poop," 9 Mar. 2020 Plus having a newborn, his son Liam, in the house probably played a role in losing that fatigue battle, but Rubio has looked recharged since the Suns returned to action after the all-star break – and has been productive. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Monty Williams: Rubio 'dominated' in leading Suns past Jazz in return game against former team," 25 Feb. 2020 Winter rains will recharge the headwaters of Sonoma Creek, which flows into a gorgeous 25-foot cascade. Tom Stienstra,, "State parks in Wine Country in deep recovery after 2017 fires," 25 Oct. 2019 Some also have a USB port to recharge a cellphone, too. Jason H. Harper, Los Angeles Times, "PG&E power outage: How to survive with just your cellphone," 9 Oct. 2019 Don't allow your child to recharge their cellphone or laptop in the bedroom, as the dings from incoming messages (and the blue light) can keep waking them up. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Not all screen time causes kids to underperform in school, study says," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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15 May 2020

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“Recharge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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