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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 owner's 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 we're 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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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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How does the verb charge contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of charge are bid, command, direct, enjoin, instruct, and order. While all these words mean "to issue orders," charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility.

charged by the President with a secret mission

When is bid a more appropriate choice than charge?

While in some cases nearly identical to charge, bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants).

she bade him be seated

How are the words command and order related as synonyms of charge?

Both command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality; command stresses official exercise of authority.

a general commanding troops

How do direct and instruct relate to one another, in the sense of charge?

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

When would enjoin be a good substitute for charge?

The meanings of enjoin and charge largely overlap; however, enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude.

a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet

In what contexts can order take the place of charge?

The synonyms order and charge are sometimes interchangeable, but order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise.

ordered his employees about like slaves

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The first known use of charge was in the 13th century

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“Charge.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/charge. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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