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: having the qualities of a forceful leader
a take-charge executive

take charge

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idiomatic phrase

: to assume control, command, care, or custody
… the people Americans have chosen to take charge in times of crisis …Marc Fisher
often used with of
She took charge of the company/team/project.
A neighbor took charge of the children until he got home from the emergency room.
Happiness is what occurs when you take charge of your life …Terina Allen
Samuel Morse wanted the federal government to take charge of building a national telegraph system.Virginia Postrel
I could see that unless I took charge of the situation nothing would get done. So I said, "Mouse, you and Jane … help me … ."Judy Blume

Examples of take-charge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The home team led 2-0 after one quarter and poured it on with eight straight goals in the take-charge second quarter. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2024 Aries has a take-charge personality that lends itself to strong leadership and resolution, whereas Gemini is more whimsical and indecisive. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 19 May 2024 Ambitious and confident, Aries have a take-charge attitude. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 The true freshman seems to have the makeup to someday develop into a reliable crunch-time player, the combination of a take-charge mentality and skills. Jason Williams, The Enquirer, 31 Jan. 2024 Many of the big laughs come from comedian Lopez, who makes Uncle Rudy a gonzo figure with a lusty approach to life and all its dangers; and from Barraza, whose take-charge attitude gets the family through one of its most heartbreaking blows and galvanizes them to put aside their tears and fight. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Aug. 2023 Three take-charge hop varieties, Citra, Simcoe and Eureka, wrap around the sweet malty middle. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 July 2023 The take-charge venture capitalist who as mayor shepherded Los Angeles’ rebound from the 1992 riots died at his Brentwood home. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2023 The Aries moon squares Mars to incite a take-charge mood. USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2023
Idiomatic phrase
The Libertarian Party has seen internal turmoil in recent years, with a faction called the Mises Caucus taking charge and taking a more aggressive, hardline and sometimes isolating stance on the party and its future. Stephen Fowler, NPR, 25 May 2024 The three seniors have taken charge in showing their younger teammates how varsity players need to operate. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 Then there’s always the one type-A friend who ends up taking charge and doing all the work—creating spreadsheets, securing the accomodations, planning the itinerary, etc. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 3 May 2024 Others accused the majority bloc and the political party leaders aligned with them of cutting a backroom deal to control important government ministries with the goal of lining their pockets and taking charge of the electoral machinery ahead of general elections. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 8 May 2024 In the 1990s, Durst became estranged from his family after his father entrusted Douglas Durst with taking charge of the family business. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 29 Apr. 2024 Jensen and Lee took charge the rest of the way, scoring the final three points of the match to win 15-11 and collect the point. Breven Honda, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2024 Her character has been taking charge since the show debuted in September 2021. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 But rather than stamping out drug production, the government simply took charge. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 11 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1950, in the meaning defined above

Idiomatic Phrase

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take-charge was in the 14th century

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“Take-charge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-charge. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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