- 1Demand (an amount) as a price from someone for a service rendered or goods supplied: the restaurant charged $15 for dinner [with two objects]: he charged me 2 euros for the postcard [no object]: museums should charge for admissionMore example sentences
ask in payment, ask, levy, demand, want, exact; bill, invoice
- Much confusion exists regarding the tariff payable by the medical aid funds and the amount charged by the various service providers or institutions.
- By January, the billings department had yet to charge Bitton for services rendered.
- For the amount of money they charge for the ticket, the service should be much better.
- 1.1 (charge something to) Record the cost of something as an amount payable by (someone) or on (an account): they charge the calls to their credit-card accountsMore example sentences
bill, debit from, take from
- Subsequently, his bank discovered that the original cheque for $132,987.66 was stolen and charged this amount to his account on the grounds of ‘forged endorsement.’
- If he is correct, there may be no entitlement to charge the costs to the mortgage account, as the building society habitually have done.
- Someone sitting at a computer terminal charging bets to a credit card account is a case in point but this phenomenon is not limited to gambling on the internet.
- 2Accuse (someone) of something, especially an offense under law: they were charged with assaultMore example sentences
- He was also charged with the offence of disobeying a lawful order.
- He was charged with the offence of which he was convicted and at that time handed in a prepared statement.
- On no occasion has he been charged with any offence, has no outstanding charges and I strongly doubt that there would be any adverse record against him, at least at the national level.
- 2.1 [with clause] Make an accusation or assertion that: opponents charged that below-cost pricing would reduce safetyMore example sentences
- He also charged that the gag order was an unprecedented attempt to deny his constitutional rights.
- He charged that officers in construction were expected to enforce registration regulations to root out dubious contractors.
- Some charged that we were refighting a cultural war from the '60s.
- 2.2 Law Accuse someone of (an offense).More example sentences
- It was common to charge manslaughter and culpable driving together.
- Would it not be preferable to absorb infanticide into the doctrine of diminished responsibility and allow the prosecution to charge manslaughter in such cases?
- At the time when J gave his evidence, he was doing so solely in relation to count 8 which charged rape.
- 3Entrust (someone) with a task as a duty or responsibility: the committee was charged with reshaping the educational systemMore example sentences
- We are social creatures, and as well as taking responsibility for ourselves we are charged with the duty of looking out for our nearest and dearest.
- Every player is charged with the responsibility of making the performance an engaging experience for both the cast and the audience.
- The two teams were charged with the task of selling ice-creams in down-town Manhattan.
- 4Store electrical energy in (a battery or battery-operated device): the shaver can be charged up and used while travelingMore example sentences
- A large assemblage of tiny little storage batteries were charged up and gave a total, when they were all put in a series, of about a thousand volts.
- An electrical charging source couples to the first and second electrical connectors to charge the battery.
- Then at some point we might burn coal to supply electricity to charge batteries in electric cars.
- 4.1 [no object] (Of a battery or battery-operated device) receive and store electrical energy.More example sentences
- To keep the battery charged, an electric car needs a DC-to-DC converter.
- Each room has a safe that not only holds most laptops, but has an electrical outlet in the safe to keep your computer charged.
- At these times he would double up his efficiency by shutting off his propane and heating the bus with its own internal heating system while the battery charged.
- 4.2Load or fill (a container, gun, etc.) to the full or proper extent: will you see to it that your glasses are charged?More example sentences
- After regrouping and charging the guns again, the Russians broke.
- Trevor sighed and hung up the phone, and started charging his gun.
- His gun was charged and ready, his pressure suit would protect him from the toxic methane atmosphere.
- 4.3Fill or pervade (something) with a quality or emotion: the air was charged with menaceMore example sentences
- Selling your property can be emotionally charged at the best of times but the majority of estate agents will treat the sale sensitively and are happy to arrange accompanied viewing.
- As a student, Telegdi often raised quite a stir with his emotionally charged attempts to raise student interest in issues such as housing and enumeration.
- During the emotionally charged gathering, a statue was unveiled.
- 5 [no object] Rush forward in attack: the plan is to charge headlong at the enemyMore example sentences
- The rest of the attack party charged, all shouting loudly.
- She reached for it but quickly moved as he charged once again.
- They were charging just as quickly, also blinded by chaos.
- 5.1Rush aggressively toward (someone or something) in attack.More example sentences
- They then aggressively charged the buildings and objects nearest them.
- They get to the ball; they charge the ball more aggressively.
- At a gig in San Francisco he was attacked by an audience member who charged the stage and tackled the Manchester singer to the ground mid-song.
- 5.2 [with adverbial of direction] Move quickly and with impetus: Henry charged up the staircaseMore example sentences
- But Drake recognized the tactic and jumped back the instant they met, recovering quickly and charging in once more.
- The Marines quickly began charging up the stairs, reaching the final level unchallenged.
- Much of the game can be made much easier via the use of stealth and sneak attacks, rather than charging forward.
- 6 Heraldry Place a heraldic bearing on: a pennant argent, charged with a cross gulesMore example sentences
- The Duke of Kent had his label charged with a cross gules between two fleurs-de-lis azure.
- Two other variations are known, one for Woolcot with a chief charged with a cross between two fleur-de-lis, and one for Woolcott with the shield red and a chief with a fleur-de-lis between two red crosses.
- Another illumination also illustrating Combat des Trentes shows the Breton-French knights with a narrow, forked white oriflam, charged with a cross couped.
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- 1A price asked for goods or services: an admission chargeMore example sentences
- The tax was a flat-rate charge for local services levied on all adults over the area, although the government reserved the power to cap it in each authority.
- Parents will have to pay a small charge for the service - with the price still to be decided.
- I do pay the authority a good amount per year in services and other charges.
- 1.1A financial liability or commitment: an asset of $550,000 should have been taken as a charge on earningsMore example sentences
- In both cases, large foreign banks will underwrite these borrowings and take a charge on its assets.
- A receiver can be appointed to a firm by a creditor, usually a bank, whose debt has been secured by a charge on some or all of the company's assets.
- Because of this decision, they will be taking a charge on the loss of its investment in its operations.
- 2An accusation, typically one formally made against a prisoner brought to trial: he appeared in court on a charge of attempted murder three people were arrested but released without chargeMore example sentences
- At his trial, on a charge of refusing to provide a breath sample, the accused was acquitted.
- Therefore, the traditional approach might be that he should face his trial again on a charge of murder rather than manslaughter.
- It is conceded that there was sufficient evidence to commit each accused to trial on a charge of second degree murder.
- 3The responsibility of taking care or control of someone or something: the people in her charge are pupils and not experimental subjectsMore example sentences
- That resulted in her losing complete control and the ability to care for the animals in her charge.
- Clearly, to Ray and Barbara, caring for the rare and precious birds in their charge is a lot more than a job.
- The majority of the teachers really care about their profession and care about the children in their charge.
- 3.1A person or thing entrusted to the care of someone: the babysitter watched over her chargesMore example sentences
- Lorimer believes the players' clubs have a duty of care to their young charges.
- Critics say a common theme has been the failure to exercise a duty of care for its young charges and a failure to crack down on bullying.
- Now the servants came and awoke her, ran her a bath, and set out her clothing for the day before departing to take care of their other charges.
- 3.2 • dated A responsibility or onerous duty assigned to someone.More example sentences
- That would be a charge and responsibility for which the historical evidence shows they are uniquely qualified.
- The new rector of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Orkney, Reverend Alison Duff, was installed into her charge at a service in Kirkwall on Wednesday night.
- In our charge to domesticate this continent, we missed a few pockets of wildness where risk still dwells.
- 3.3An official instruction, especially one given by a judge to a jury regarding points of law.More example sentences
- His charge to the jury now is on Monday, after which it will retire to consider verdicts.
- His Honour's charge to the jury in this case was based upon what they thought they should do, what was reasonable.
- At four o'clock the Judge began his charge to the Jury.
- 4The property of matter that is responsible for electrical phenomena, existing in a positive or negative form.More example sentences
- Water molecules are not only attracted to each other, but to any molecule with positive or negative charges.
- We take as givens the forces of gravity, the laws of nature, the ideas that an electron has a negative charge and the protons a positive charge.
- Elementary physics tells us that positive and negative charges attract.
- 4.1The quantity of matter responsible for electrical phenomena carried by a body.More example sentences
- The size of the negative charge depends on how good a reducing agent the metal is.
- When the balloon is held up to a wall, the negative charge causes the electrons in the wall to move away from the area.
- 4.2Energy stored chemically for conversion into electricity.More example sentences
- The higher the value is the more electric charge can be stored, thereby indicating that a substance is superior as a condenser material.
- The flash circuit stores this high-voltage charge in a large capacitor.
- Sometimes, capacitors are used to store charge for high-speed use.
- 4.4 [in singular] • informal A thrill: I get a real charge out of working hardMore example sentences
- I get a real charge out of doing in-depth research that answers interesting questions.
- Personally, I get a real charge from a lengthy shopping trip.
- I get a real charge out of stepping on the scale each morning to check my progress.
- 5A quantity of explosive to be detonated, typically in order to fire a gun or similar weapon.More example sentences
- In addition, if things get really bad, an emergency button under a safety cover will fire explosive charges, which blow out the windscreen to provide an emergency exit.
- Apparently, they made their way into the basement, planted explosive charges, and detonated them.
- After shooting one aircraft down, the crew detonated demolition charges and set fire to the ship to prevent its capture.
- 6A headlong rush forward, typically one made by attacking soldiers in battle: a cavalry chargeMore example sentences
- This prompted the French to attack with a cavalry charge.
- It was McIntyre's ninth goal of the season and sparked the football team into a headlong charge at the Livingston goal.
- Chabert's regiment led a cavalry charge against the Russian onslaught and turned the tide of battle for Napoleon.
- 7 Heraldry A device or bearing placed on a shield or crest.More example sentences
- The swan is found in heraldry as a charge, a crest, supporters, and as a badge.
- Heraldic objects are of a large and increasing variety; as more arms are devised, new objects appear as charges.
- This is one of the most highly regarded charges among royalty and those of nobility.
free of charge
- Without any payment due.More example sentences
- This book is available free of charge to people who have used the Centre over the past decade.
- A number of parking bays will also be available free of charge on Sundays to allow churchgoers to use them.
- That is why we wanted to make the standards available free of charge on the Internet.
- In control or with overall responsibility: he was in charge of civil aviation mattersMore example sentences
responsible for, in control of, in command of, at the helm/wheel of; managing, running, administering, directing, supervising, overseeing, controlling
- The Director is in charge, and is responsible for the look and feel of any production.
- Hodkin said that he had been in charge of the controls when the two had been on the scooter earlier in the day.
- She will also be in charge of a council chamber where no party has overall control.
press (or prefer) charges
- Accuse someone formally of a crime so that they can be brought to trial.More example sentences
- Even if I did hate him, I couldn't bring myself to press charges against my foster father.
- I would wait for him to actually steal files so we could press charges on that crime, too.
- She refused to press charges so he escaped with a suspended sentence, and a short spell in a psychiatric hospital.
- Assume control or responsibility: the candidate must take charge of an actual flightMore example sentences
- They will do so by learning from our mistakes, taking responsibility and taking charge.
- Rather than taking charge and responsibility of the situation, one finds someone or something to blame.
- In 1985 he passed the snooker refereeing exam and began taking charge in club and county matches.
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- Business profits are made up of income from all sources, together with its chargeable gains for the accounting period.
- Yes, you will be chargeable to capital gains on the gift, subject to your current annual exemption allowance of #7100 if the gift is made in this current tax year.
- The interest rate chargeable for late payment is the European Central Bank rate plus 7 percentage points.
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- However, the estoppel plea fails where some specific facts pertaining to the transaction ought to have put the chargee or purchaser on notice.
- Usually crystallization takes place too late from the point of view of the floating chargee.
- First, the floating chargee has a special status in administration.
Middle English (in the general senses 'to load' and 'a load'): from Old French charger (verb), charge (noun), from late Latin carricare, carcare 'to load', from Latin carrus 'wheeled vehicle'.