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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Fitbit says that with typical usage (not using the always-on mode) Versa 2 normally offers an impressive five days battery life before needing to be recharged. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Fitbit Versa 2 Review: With Alexa and an Always-on Display, Fitness Tracking Gets Smarter," 13 Sep. 2019 Range anxiety, how far an electric vehicle (EV) can travel before needing to be recharged, has topped the list of prospective EV buyers’ concerns for years. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "People are starting to buy electric cars for the same reason they buy any other car," 3 Sep. 2019 On the day after a game, Savarese often has to remind Fernandez to rest and recharge. Jamie Goldberg,, "With struggles behind him, Brian Fernandez is racking up goals for Portland Timbers: ‘It was all worth it’," 13 Aug. 2019 Throughout my week-long testing, each of these lasted a maximum of two days before needing to be recharged. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "A $50 tablet can handle the basics, but not much more," 2 July 2019 The battery is able to be recharged to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Electric Opel Corsa-e Is Only for Europe, but We Love It Anyway," 23 May 2019 Forrest, chairman of the Colorado Aeronautical Board, said some airport officials have raised concerns about having the right infrastructure and being able to handle big spikes in electricity when several planes are recharged. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado aviation company aims to usher in new era with electric planes," 20 June 2019 Extending the life span and reducing repair and recharging time will help improve the economics of running a rental fleet of e-scooters. Scott Kirsner,, "This could be the Volvo of e-scooters," 8 July 2019 New brands like Saarthi, one of the biggest manufacturers of e-rickshaws in the Delhi area, have emerged, as has an ecosystem of parts suppliers and neighborhood parking lots where drivers can store and recharge their vehicles overnight. New York Times, "Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution," 22 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recharge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of recharge

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about recharge

Statistics for recharge

Last Updated

17 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for recharge

The first known use of recharge was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for recharge



English Language Learners Definition of recharge

: to refill (a battery) with electricity
: to regain your energy and strength

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on recharge

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with recharge

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for recharge

Spanish Central: Translation of recharge

Nglish: Translation of recharge for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of recharge for Arabic Speakers

Comments on recharge

What made you want to look up recharge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!