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recharge Line breaks: re|charge

Definition of recharge in English:


Pronunciation: /riːˈtʃɑːdʒ/
[with object]
1Restore electrical energy in (a battery or a battery-operated device) by connecting it to a power supply: he plugged his razor in to recharge it
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  • Instead, it uses a USB cable for hooking up to your PC, and a separate power supply for recharging the battery.
  • The device uses magnetic inductive power transfer to recharge its battery - a method presently used to charge batteries sealed inside electric toothbrushes and shavers.
  • The larger longer term impact of hybrids will come not from greater fuel efficiency but rather from a shift toward using electric power outlets to recharge vehicle batteries.
1.1 [no object] (Of a battery or battery-operated device) be refilled with electrical energy: the drill takes about three hours to recharge
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  • Like all hybrids, their batteries recharge by recapturing energy from braking and cruising on highways.
  • The thin battery recharges to 80% of full capacity in only a minute.
  • Run the pointer over the plug to monitor how quickly your laptop is recharging.
1.2Refill (a cup, glass, or other container) with liquid: we recharged our glasses
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  • This was all getting rather difficult by now and I began to regret recharging my glass before coming upstairs.
  • Sometimes with cricket it is best not to worry too much about the contest but instead settle back into a comfortable seat, recharge your glass and enjoy the surroundings.
  • There is a limit to the amount to which it will be possible to exploit groundwater aquifers without recharging them, and there has been much discussion and even a bit of action, about the need for constructing water harvesting structures.
1.3 [no object] (Of a person) return to a normal state of mind or strength after a period of exertion: she needs a bit of time to recharge after giving so much of herself
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  • You can recharge even faster if you take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot through the grass.


Pronunciation: /ˈriːtʃɑːdʒ/
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The replenishment of an aquifer by the absorption of water: extensive areas of trees reduce recharge to the underlying aquifers
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  • Condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere over the oceans returns it directly to its source, and its condensation over land accounts for surface flow, recharge of underground water aquifers, and plant and animal life.
  • Extraction of water from aquifers in India exceeds recharge by a factor of two or more.
  • And consideration of the impacts that climate change will have and how we can adapt to these changes requires work on topics such as permafrost stability and groundwater recharge.


recharge one's batteries

Regain one’s strength and energy by resting for a time: you said you wanted to get away from it all and recharge your batteries
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  • You have very little time to recharge your batteries, unwind and get going again.
  • Holidays are supposed to be a time when people unwind and recharge their batteries.
  • This trip was to help me relax and recharge my batteries.



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  • The revenue from a levy on household batteries could be used to pay for them to be collected for recycling and to subsidise alternatives such as rechargeable batteries.
  • The torch was a specialised rechargeable model worth about $200.
  • To reduce the amount of waste we generate we must buy reusable items, such as buying rechargeable batteries, instead of the disposable options.


Pronunciation: /riːˈtʃɑːdʒə/
Example sentences
  • It was established in 2002 to design, develop, manufacture and market a range of portable fuel cell systems for use as mobile generators and battery rechargers, and has already filed for four patents.
  • So do yourself a favour this summer holiday: leave the battery rechargers at home.
  • You too can assist global recovery by making a few simple environmental savings, like not using your washing machine until it's full, switching off your phone recharger and riding a bike to work.

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