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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Just as Andy furiously silk-screened, taped, filmed, and collected, editing his reality and keeping the world at bay, we scroll, swipe, and recharge ad infinitum, and reality becomes ever more dissociated from materiality. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 The batteries are capable of recharging at up to 160kW on a DC fast charger and are also equipped with an 11kW onboard charger. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile range," 28 Nov. 2018 When Mekea and Tim Duffy moved with their three girls into a new-build home in the quaint Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills, they were refreshingly recharged being surrounded by super fresh, super white walls. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 The smaller drone has two backup batteries, Valentino said, which can be recharged in a police vehicle while the drone is in the air. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park a rare police agency using drones as state considers allowing the devices for surveillance," 8 June 2018 The internal combustion engine will disappear quickly, in my view, once electric cars become as cheap to buy as traditional autos and when they can be recharged in 15 minutes or so. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "What Improved Tech Means for Electric, Self-Driving and Flying Cars," 16 May 2018 But Americans might have unrealistic expectations about how quickly electric cars can be recharged. Mark Skoneki,, "More Americans plan to buy electric cars, AAA survey finds," 8 May 2018 The battery itself can be recharged with more electricity and the process repeats. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Water-Based Battery Could Help Store Solar and Wind Energy," 7 May 2018 Among those are pocket-sized e-cigarettes that resemble flash drives and can be recharged in computer USB ports, Morita said. John Byrne,, "Posting signs outside of Chicago tobacco stores could warn teens of vaping dangers, officials say," 11 Apr. 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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