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Definition of "charge" []

  • To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on: charged him with the task of watching the young swimmers. (verb-transitive)
  • To set or ask (a given amount) as a price: charges ten dollars for a haircut. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold financially liable; demand payment from: charged her for the balance due. (verb-transitive)
  • To postpone payment on (a purchase) by recording as a debt: paid cash for the stockings but charged the new coat. (verb-transitive)
  • To load to capacity; fill: charge a furnace with coal. (verb-transitive)
  • To set or demand (a price) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To hold financially liable; enter a debit against (verb)
  • To enter or record as an obligation against a person or his or her account (verb)
  • To accuse or impute a fault to (a person, etc), as formally in a court of law (verb)
  • To command; place a burden upon or assign responsibility to (verb)
  • To make a rush at or sudden attack upon (a person or thing) (verb)
  • To fill (a receptacle) with the proper or appropriate quantity (verb)
  • To cause (an accumulator, capacitor, etc) to take or store electricity or (of an accumulator) to have electricity fed into it (verb)
  • To fill or suffuse or to be filled or suffused with matter by dispersion, solution, or absorption (verb)
  • To fill or suffuse with feeling, emotion, etc (verb)
  • (of a judge) to address (a jury) authoritatively (verb)
  • To load (a firearm) (verb)
  • To aim (a weapon) in position ready for use (verb)
  • To paint (a shield, banner, etc) with a charge (verb)
  • (of hunting dogs) to lie down at command (verb)
  • A price charged for some article or service; cost (noun)
  • A financial liability, such as a tax (noun)
  • A debt or a book entry recording it (noun)
  • An accusation or allegation, such as a formal accusation of a crime in law (noun)
  • An onrush, attack, or assault (noun)
  • The call to such an attack in battle (noun)
  • Custody or guardianship (noun)
  • A person or thing committed to someone's care (noun)
  • A cartridge or shell (noun)
  • The explosive required to discharge a firearm or other weapon (noun)
  • An amount of explosive material to be detonated at any one time (noun)
  • The quantity of anything that a receptacle is intended to hold (noun)
  • The attribute of matter by which it responds to electromagnetic forces responsible for all electrical phenomena, existing in two forms to which the signs negative and positive are arbitrarily assigned (noun)
  • A similar property of a body or system determined by the extent to which it contains an excess or deficiency of electrons (noun)
  • A quantity of electricity determined by the product of an electric current and the time for which it flows, measured in coulombs (noun)
  • The total amount of electricity stored in a capacitor (noun)
  • The total amount of electricity held in an accumulator, usually measured in ampere-hours (noun)
  • A load or burden (noun)
  • A duty or responsibility; control (noun)
  • A command, injunction, or order (noun)
  • A thrill (noun)
  • The address made by a judge to the jury at the conclusion of the evidence (noun)
  • A design, device, or image depicted on heraldic arms (noun)
  • The solid propellant used in rockets, sometimes including the inhibitor (noun)

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Use "charge" in a sentence
  • "Rechabites -- to the person whose charge they conceived so binding; and the nature and design of the charge_."
  • "Verbs of _Condemning_ take -- a. The Genitive of the _charge_; as, -- pecūniae pūblicae condemnātus, _condemned (on the charge) of embezzlement_ (lit. _public money_); capitis damnātus, _condemned on a capital charge_ (lit. _on a charge involving his head_)."
  • ""Do not await a charge to-day," ordered San Martin; "_but charge_ always within fifty paces!""