Definition of charge in English:


Syllabification: charge
Pronunciation: /CHärj


[with object]
  • 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 admission
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    • 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.
    ask in payment, ask, levy, demand, want, exact; bill, invoice
  • 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 accounts
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    • 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.
    bill, debit from, take from
  • 2Accuse (someone) of something, especially an offense under law: they were charged with assault
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    • 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.
    accuse of, indict for, arraign for, arraign on a charge of; prosecute for, try for, put on trial for, inculpate for
  • 2.1 [with clause] Make an accusation or assertion that: opponents charged that below-cost pricing would reduce safety
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    • 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).
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    • 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 system
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    • 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.
    entrust, burden, encumber, saddle, tax
  • 4Store electrical energy in (a battery or battery-operated device): the shaver can be charged up and used while traveling
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    • 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.
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    • 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?
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    • 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 menace
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    • 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 enemy
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    • 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.
    rush, storm, stampede, push, plow, launch oneself, go headlong, steam, barrel, zoom
  • 5.1Rush aggressively toward (someone or something) in attack.
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    • 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.
    attack, storm, assault, assail, fall on, swoop on, descend on
    informal lay into, tear into
  • 5.2 [with adverbial of direction] Move quickly and with impetus: Henry charged up the staircase
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    • 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 gules
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    • 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 charge
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    • 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.
    fee, payment, price, tariff, amount, sum, fare, levy
  • 1.1A financial liability or commitment: an asset of $550,000 should have been taken as a charge on earnings
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    • 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 charge
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    • 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 subjects
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    • 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 charges
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 4.3An act or process of storing electrical energy in a battery.
  • 4.4 [in singular] informal A thrill: I get a real charge out of working hard
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    • 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.
    thrill, tingle, glow; excitement, stimulation, enjoyment, pleasure
    informal kick, buzz, rush
  • 5A quantity of explosive to be detonated, typically in order to fire a gun or similar weapon.
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    • 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.
  • 7 Heraldry A device or bearing placed on a shield or crest.
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    • 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.
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  • 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 charge

In control or with overall responsibility: he was in charge of civil aviation matters
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  • 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.
responsible for, in control of, in command of, at the helm/wheel of; managing, running, administering, directing, supervising, overseeing, controlling

press (or prefer) charges

Accuse someone formally of a crime so that they can be brought to trial.
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  • 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.

take charge

Assume control or responsibility: the candidate must take charge of an actual flight
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  • 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'.

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