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 Like with second-generation AirPods, the carrying case delivers up to 24 hours of total listening time with recharges on the go. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple's new AirPods Pro earbuds: Buyer's guide," 28 Oct. 2019 In Dr Yoshino’s version of the battery, both anode and cathode have a long life because they are not damaged by chemical reactions as the battery is used or recharged. The Economist, "Batteries, exoplanets, cosmology and cell biology win Nobel laurels," 12 Oct. 2019 Snow slows the release of Earth’s heat that the sun recharged in summer. Anchorage Daily News, "Middle Alaska begins its transition to a quieter, snow-covered world," 12 Oct. 2019 Going electric could help assuage Amazon workers upset by their employer’s role in the climate crisis, and should save the company on fuel costs—recharging even a large battery pack usually costs just a few dollars. Wired, "Amazon Puts a Charge Into Startup Automaker Rivian," 19 Sep. 2019 Judge John Blawie scheduled a 2 p.m. hearing after receiving a report from probation officials that raises concerns that Dulos is not properly recharging the batteries of his GPS monitoring system. Dave Altimari,, "Judge orders Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing mom Jennifer Farber Dulos, to appear in court Monday to address GPS monitoring issues," 18 Sep. 2019 Time away allows us to recharge and get a fresh perspective. cleveland, "How do I find meaning in my work?," 23 Aug. 2019 There also will be a 13-day break in Southern California racing before Del Mar opens, giving horses, handicappers and horsemen a chance to recharge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar gets encouraging news with 2020 racing schedule," 22 Aug. 2019 OmNoire is a wellness community for women of color, and founder Christina Rice holds retreats to give attendees a chance to recharge in a space brimming with solidarity. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Dr. Kiarra King on Gynecology, Black Women's Health, and Advocating for Yourself," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of recharge

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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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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