Charge definition

chärj
Care, custody, or supervision (of)
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To ask payment (for)

To charge for a service.

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(heraldry) To place a charge on (an escutcheon).
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To set or ask (a given amount) as a price.

Charges ten dollars for a haircut.

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To hold financially liable; demand payment from.

Charged her for the balance due.

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To add an electrical charge to (a battery, etc.)
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The definition of charge is a formal accusation made against someone, often in criminal court.

An example of charge is the legal proceeding when someone is formally accused of murder.

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To charge is defined as to assess someone a certain fee for goods or services, or it can also be paying a fee using a credit card.

An example of charge is when a restaurant asks for $5 in exchange for french fries.

An example of charge is when you pay for your french fries using your Visa card.

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Charge is defined as the price that you have to pay to buy goods or services.

An example of a charge is the amount you pay for phone service.

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To purchase on credit.

Paid cash for the stockings but charged the new coat.

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To make a claim of wrongdoing against; accuse or blame.

The prosecutors charged him with car theft. Critics charged the writer with a lack of originality.

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To rush against in an attack.

The troops charged the enemy line.

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To excite; rouse.

A speaker who knows how to charge up a crowd.

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To direct or put (a weapon) into position for use; level or direct.
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To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on.

Charged him with the task of watching the young swimmers.

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To instruct or urge authoritatively; command.

Charged her not to reveal the source of information.

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(law) To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
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To load to capacity; fill.

Charge a furnace with coal.

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To load (a gun or other firearm) with a quantity of explosive.

Charged the musket with powder.

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To pervade or fill, as with a feeling or quality.

The atmosphere was charged with tension.

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To put the blame for; attribute or impute.

Charged the accident to the driver's inexperience.

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(basketball) To bump or run into (a defender) illegally while in possession of the ball or having just made a pass or shot.
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(sports) To bump (an opponent) so as to knock off balance or gain control of the ball, as in soccer.
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(sports) To body-check (an opponent) illegally, from behind or after taking more than two strides, especially in ice hockey.
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To cause formation of a net electric charge on or in (a conductor, for example).
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To energize (a storage battery) by passing current through it in the direction opposite to discharge.
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To demand or ask payment.

Did not charge for the second cup of coffee.

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To make a purchase or purchases on credit.
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(accounting) To consider or record as a loss. Often used with off.
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To become energized.

The battery is still charging.

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To rush forward in an attack.

The dog charged at the intruder.

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To rush forward; run.

Children charging around the house.

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A quantity of explosive to be set off at one time.
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A claim of wrongdoing; an accusation.

A charge of murder; pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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(informal) A feeling of pleasant excitement; a thrill.

Got a real charge out of the movie.

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(heraldry) A figure or device represented on the field of an escutcheon.
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Expense; cost.

Added to the bill a charge for replacing the thermostat.

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The price asked for something.

What's the charge for a new tire?

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A debt or an entry in an account recording a debt.

Are you paying cash or is this a charge?

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A financial burden, such as a tax or lien.
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A weight or burden; a load.

A freighter relieved of its charge of cargo.

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The quantity that a container or apparatus can hold.
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An assigned duty or task; a responsibility.

The commission's charge was to determine the facts.

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Care; custody.

A child put in my charge.

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Supervision; management.

The scientist who had overall charge of the research project.

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One that is entrusted to another's care or management.

The baby sitter's three young charges.

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An order, command, or injunction.
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Instruction given by a judge to a jury about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
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A rushing, forceful attack.

Repelled the charge of enemy troops; the charge of a herd of elephants.

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The command to attack.

The bugler sounded the charge.

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The intrinsic property of matter responsible for all electric phenomena, in particular for the electromagnetic force, occurring in two forms arbitrarily designated negative and positive.
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The net measure of this property possessed by a body or contained in a bounded region of space.
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(obs.) To put a load on or in.
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To load or fill to capacity or with the usual amount of required material.
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To load (a firearm, cannon, etc.)
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To saturate (one substance) with another.

Air charged with steam.

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To add carbon dioxide to (water, etc.)
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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.

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To give instructions to or command authoritatively.

To charge a jury.

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To accuse of wrongdoing; censure.

He charged her with negligence.

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To ask as a price or fee.

To charge ten dollars for alterations.

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To bear down on or set upon with force; attack vigorously.
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To bring (a gun or other weapon) to bear on; level; direct.
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(heraldry) To place a bearing on.
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To put liability on (a person)
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To make liable for (an error, etc.)
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To record as a debt against a person's name or account.

To charge a purchase.

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To make a record of (something borrowed)

To charge a library book.

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To pay for by using credit, usually by presenting a credit card.
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To crouch or squat when a command is given.
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To attack vigorously or move forward as if attacking.
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A load or burden.
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The maximum or necessary quantity, as of fuel, that a container or apparatus is built to hold; also, the actual quantity held.
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A cartridge or shell, or the amount of gunpowder needed to discharge a firearm or set off an explosive device.
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(slang) Pleasurable excitement; thrill.
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Responsibility or duty (of)

To take charge of finances.

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A person or thing entrusted to someone's care.
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Instruction or command, esp. instruction in points of law given by a judge to a jury.
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Accusation or indictment.

Charges of cruelty.

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The cost or price of an article, service, etc.
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A liability to pay money; debt; expense.
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An attack with great force and speed; onslaught; onset.
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The signal for this.
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(heraldry) A bearing.
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The amount of electrical energy stored in a battery, capacitor, etc.
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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.
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A debit entered in an account.
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A fundamental property of the elementary particles of which matter is made that gives rise to attractive and repulsive forces. There are two kinds of charge: color charge and electric charge.
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The amount of electric charge contained in an object, particle, or region of space.
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The formal allegation, contained in an indictment, information, or presentment, that a person committed a specific crime.
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An instruction to the jury.
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A claim, debt, encumbrance, or lien.
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An individual or thing placed in another’s care.
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An instruction given, generally in a criminal trial, encouraging a jury to continue its deliberations after reporting a deadlock, on the basis that considerable expense and time has gone into the trial of the matter and the jury should make every effort to come to a resolution. See also jury instruction(s).
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The scope of someone's responsibility.

The child was in the nanny's charge.

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Someone or something entrusted to one's care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher.

The child was a charge of the nanny.

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The ship had a charge of colonists and their belongings.

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The amount of money levied for a service.

A charge of 5 dollars.

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I gave him the charge to get the deal closed by the end of the month.

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(military) A ground attack against a prepared enemy.

Pickett died leading his famous charge.

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That's a slanderous charge of abuse of trust.

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An electric charge.
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(basketball) An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
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A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
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(heraldry) An image displayed on an escutcheon.
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To place a burden upon; to assign a duty or responsibility to.
  • I'm charging you with grand theft auto.
  • (intransitive) To require payment (for goods, services, etc.) of.
    To charge high for goods.
    Will I get charged for this service?.
  • To assign (a debit) to an account.
    Let's charge this to marketing.
  • To pay on account, as by using a credit card.
    Can I charge my Amazon purchase to Paypal?.
    Can I charge this purchase?.
  • To call to account; to challenge.
  • To ornament with or cause to bear.
    To charge an architectural member with a moulding.
  • (heraldry) To assume as a bearing.
    He charges three roses.
  • (heraldry) To add to or represent on.
    He charges his shield with three roses or.
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To load equipment with material required for its use, as a firearm with powder, a fire hose with water, a chemical reactor with raw materials.
  • To cause to take on an electric charge.
    Rubbing amber with wool will charge it quickly.
  • To add energy to (a battery).
    He charged the battery overnight.
  • To add energy to a battery within.
    Don't forget to charge the drill.
  • (intransitive, of a battery) To gain energy.
    The battery is still charging: I can't use it yet.
  • (intransitive, of a device containing a battery) To have a battery within gain energy.
    His cell phone charges very quickly, whereas mine takes forever.

Charge your weapons; we're moving up.

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(intransitive) To move forward quickly and forcefully, particularly in combat and/or on horseback.
  • (military, and intransitive) To attack by moving forward quickly in a group.
    The impetuous corps charged the enemy lines.
  • (basketball) To commit a charging foul.
  • (cricket, of a batsman) To take a few steps down the pitch towards the bowler as he delivers the ball, either to disrupt the length of the delivery, or to get into a better position to hit the ball.
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To squat on the belly and be still; a command given by a hunter to a dog.
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The definition of an example of charge is when you accuse someone formally of something, especially in criminal proceedings.

An example of charge is when a prosecutor formally accuses someone of murder.

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in charge
  • In a position of leadership or supervision:
    The security agent in charge at the airport.
  • Under arrest.
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in charge of
  • Having control over or responsibility for:
    You're in charge of making the salad.
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charge off
  • to treat or regard as a loss
  • to set down as belonging; ascribe
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in charge
  • having the responsibility, control, or supervision
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in charge of
  • having the responsibility, control, or supervision of
  • under the control or supervision of; in the custody of
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
charge
Plural:
charges

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in charge of
in charge of

Origin of charge

  • Middle English chargen to load from Old French chargier from Late Latin carricāre from Latin carrus Gallic type of wagon of Celtic origin kers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English chargen, from Old French chargier, from Medieval Latin carricare (“to load”), from Latin carrus (“a car, wagon”); see car.

    From Wiktionary