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verb [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
(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
2accuse (someone) of something, especially an offense under law:they were charged with assault [with clause] make an accusation or assertion that:opponents charged that below-cost pricing would reduce safety Law accuse someone of (an offense). 3entrust (someone) with a task as a duty or responsibility:the committee was charged with reshaping the educational system 4store electrical energy in (a battery or battery-operated device):the shaver can be charged up and used while traveling [no object] (of a battery or battery-operated device) receive and store electrical energy. load or fill (a container, gun, etc.) to the full or proper extent:will you see to it that your glasses are charged? fill or pervade (something) with a quality or emotion:the air was charged with menace 5 [no object] rush forward in attack:the plan is to charge headlong at the enemy rush aggressively toward (someone or something) in attack. [with adverbial of direction] move quickly and with impetus:Henry charged up the staircase 6 Heraldry place a heraldic bearing on:a pennant argent, charged with a cross gules
1a price asked for goods or services:an admission charge a financial liability or commitment:an asset of $550,000 should have been taken as a charge on earnings 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 3the responsibility of taking care or control of someone or something:the people in her charge are pupils and not experimental subjects a person or thing entrusted to the care of someone:the babysitter watched over her charges dated a responsibility or onerous duty assigned to someone. an official instruction, especially one given by a judge to a jury regarding points of law. 4the property of matter that is responsible for electrical phenomena, existing in a positive or negative form. the quantity of matter responsible for electrical phenomena carried by a body. energy stored chemically for conversion into electricity. an act or process of storing electrical energy in a battery. [in singular] informal a thrill:I get a real charge out of working hard 5a quantity of explosive to be detonated, typically in order to fire a gun or similar weapon. 6a headlong rush forward, typically one made by attacking soldiers in battle:a cavalry charge 7 Heraldry a device or bearing placed on a shield or crest.