Definition of charge in English:

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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.
suffuse, pervade, permeate, saturate, infuse, imbue, load, fill
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.
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.
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.


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.
accusation, allegation, indictment, arraignment
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.
care, protection, safekeeping, control;
custody, guardianship, wardship;
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.
ward, protégé, dependent
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.
duty, responsibility, task, job, assignment, mission, function
informal marching orders
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.
instruction, direction, directive, order, command, dictate, exhortation
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.
6A headlong rush forward, typically one made by attacking soldiers in battle: a cavalry charge
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  • 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.
attack, assault, offensive, onslaught, drive, push, thrust
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.
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 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.
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.

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.



Pronunciation: /ˈCHärjəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • car from Late Middle English:

    The earliest recorded uses of car, dating probably from the 14th century, referred to wheeled vehicles such as carts or wagons. The word came into English from Old French carre, based on Latin carrus ‘two-wheeled vehicle’, the source of words such as career, cargo (mid 17th century), carriage (Late Middle English), carry (Late Middle English), charge (Middle English), and chariot (Late Middle English). From the 16th to the 19th centuries car was mainly used in poetic or literary contexts to suggest a sense of splendour and solemnity. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) used it to describe the funeral carriage bearing the body of the Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) at his state funeral: ‘And a reverent people behold / The towering car, the sable steeds’ (‘Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington’, 1852). The first self-propelled road vehicle was a steam-driven carriage designed and built in France in 1769, but such vehicles were not called cars until the 1890s.

Words that rhyme with charge

barge, enlarge, large, marge, raj, reportage, sarge, sparge, Swaraj, taj, undercharge

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