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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)

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.

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!""