Definition of charge
< Middle English chargen < Old French charger < Mediaeval Latin carricare ("to load") < Latin carrus ("a car, wagon"); see car.
- (RP) IPA: /ˈʧɑɹʤ/
- (GenAm) IPA: /ˈʧɑːʤ/
- Audio (US) [?]
- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)dʒ
charge (plural charges)
The child was in the nanny's charge.
- Someone or something entrusted to one's care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher.
The child was a charge of the nanny.
- A load or burden; cargo.
The ship had a charge of colonists and their belongings.
- The amount of money levied for a service.
A charge of 5 dollars.
- An instruction.
I gave him the charge to get the deal closed by the end of the month.
- (military) A ground attack against a prepared enemy.
Pickett died leading his famous charge.
- An accusation.
* 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 261a.
we'll nail the sophist to it, if we can get him on that charge;
That's a slanderous charge of abuse of trust.
- An electric charge.
- (basketball) An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
- A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
- (heraldry) An image displayed on an escutcheon.
to charge (third-person singular simple present charges, present participle charging, simple past and past participle charged)
- To place a burden upon.
- To assign a duty to.
I'm charging you with cleaning up the kitchen.
- To formally accuse of a crime.
I'm charging you with grand theft auto.
- To assign a debit to an account.
Let's charge this to marketing.
- To pay on account, as by using a credit card.
Can I charge my Amazon purchase to Paypal?
- To cause to take on an electric charge.
Rubbing amber with wool will charge it quickly.
Don't forget to charge the drill.
- To move forward quickly and forcefully, particularly in combat, on horseback or both.
- (military) To attack by moving forward quickly in a group.
- (basketball) To commit a charging foul.
- (cricket) (of a batsman) To take a few steps doen the pitch towards the bowler as he delivers the ball, either to disrupt the length of the delivery, or to get into a better position to hit the ball.
- To load equipment with material required for its use, as a firearm with powder, a fire hose with water, a chemical reactor with raw materials.
Charge your weapons, we're moving up
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