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charge

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1 a formal claim of criminal wrongdoing against a person

  • charges of burglary and armed robbery that have yet to be proved
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2 a specific task with which a person or group is charged

  • your charge is to keep everyone else organized and busy
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3 a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned

  • we've received an official charge about how to handle the situation
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4 something one must do because of prior agreement

  • the first charge of our armed forces is to defend this country against enemy attack
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5 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence

  • the famously disastrous charge led by General George Pickett at Gettysburg
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6 the amount of money that is demanded as payment for something

  • the charge for the book will be five dollars
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7 the duty or function of watching or guarding for the sake of proper direction or control

  • was given charge of the business during the ownerʼs absence
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8 a payment made in the course of achieving a result

  • the charges mounted at a dizzying pace as the building project went way over budget
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9 a pleasurably intense stimulation of the feelings

  • the slopes at this resort aren't particularly challenging and aren't likely to give expert skiers much of a charge
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10 the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something

  • he inherited charge of the Paris bureau after his supervisor quit
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charge

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1 to set or receive as a price

  • any shop would charge $100 to repair that thing
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2 to establish or apply as a charge or penalty

  • charges a restocking fee for returned merchandise
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3 to give a task, duty, or responsibility to

  • we're charging you with the care of your little sister while weʼre gone for the evening
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4 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority

  • charged the soldier to keep watch over the prisoner
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5 to make a claim of wrongdoing against

  • he has not yet been charged with any crime
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6 to put into (something) as much as can be held or contained

  • charge a blast furnace with iron ore
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7 to take sudden, violent action against

  • plans to charge the enemy's fortification at daybreak
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beat up on, fly at, go at, light into, pitch into, round on, set at, set upon, tear into

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8 to cause a pleasurable stimulation of the feelings of

  • the players are going into this game still charged from their upset victory the week before
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Synonym Discussion of charge

command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority.
    • a general commanding troops
order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise.
    • ordered his employees about like slaves
bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants).
    • she bade him be seated
enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude.
    • a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet
direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality.
    • directed her assistant to hold all calls
    • the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark
charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility.
    • charged by the President with a secret mission


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