take-charge

adjective
\ ˈtāk-ˈchärj How to pronounce take-charge (audio) \

Definition of take-charge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

take charge

idiomatic phrase

Definition of take charge (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 AllenSamuel Morse wanted the federal government to take charge of building a national telegraph system.— Virginia PostrelI 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

First Known Use of take-charge

Adjective

1950, in the meaning defined above

Idiomatic phrase

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Take-charge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-charge. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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take-charge

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of take-charge

: having the qualities of a forceful leader : able to make decisions in a confident way and then act on them

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