- Present participle of charge.
(countable and uncountable, plural chargings)
- (countable) An act or process of charging (as of a battery).
- (uncountable, basketball) An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
- Smith is called for charging, and the Nimrods will get the ball.
Variant of charge
transitive verbcharged, charging
- Obsolete to put a load on or in to load or fill to capacity or with the usual amount of required material to load (a firearm, cannon, etc.) to saturate (one substance) with another: air charged with steam to add carbon dioxide to (water, etc.)☆ to add an electrical charge to (a battery, etc.)
- to load a burden on; give as a task, duty, etc. to; make responsible for: a nurse was charged with the care of the child to give instructions to or command authoritatively: to charge a jury to accuse of wrongdoing; censure: he charged her with negligence
- to put liability on (a person)
- to make liable for (an error, etc.)
- to record as a debt against a person's name or account: to charge a purchase
- ☆ to make a record of (something borrowed): to charge a library book
- to pay for by using credit, usually by presenting a credit card
- to bear down on or set upon with force; attack vigorously to bring (a gun or other weapon) to bear on; level; directHeraldry to place a bearing on
Origin of chargeMiddle English chargen ; from Old French chargier; from Vulgar Latin carricare, to load a wagon, cart ; from Classical Latin carrus, wagon, car
- to crouch or squat when a command is given: said of dogs
- to ask payment (for): to charge for a service
- to attack vigorously or move forward as if attacking
- a load or burden the maximum or necessary quantity, as of fuel, that a container or apparatus is built to hold; also, the actual quantity held
- the amount of electrical energy stored in a battery, capacitor, etc.
- the departure from electrical neutrality at a point, or in a region, as by the accumulation, or deficit, of electrical particles: more electrons than normal produce a negative charge; fewer, a positive charge
- responsibility or duty (of): to take charge of finances care, custody, or supervision (of) a person or thing entrusted to someone's care instruction or command, esp. instruction in points of law given by a judge to a jury accusation; indictment: charges of cruelty
- the cost or price of an article, service, etc. a liability to pay money; debt; expense
- ☆ charge account
- a debit entered in an account
- an attack with great force and speed; onslaught; onset the signal for thisHeraldry a bearing
- to treat or regard as a loss
- to set down as belonging; ascribe
having the responsibility, control, or supervision
in charge of
- having the responsibility, control, or supervision of
- under the control or supervision of; in the custody ofusually in the charge of