Charge - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃɑːrdʒ|  American pronunciation of the word charge
Brit.  |tʃɑːdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word charge


- an impetuous rush toward someone or something
the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary
the battle began with a cavalry charge
- (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense (syn: complaint)
he was arrested on a charge of larceny
- the price charged for some article or service
the admission charge
- the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons
the battery needed a fresh charge
- attention and management implying responsibility for safety (syn: care, guardianship, tutelage)
- a special assignment that is given to a person or group (syn: commission, mission)
his charge was deliver a message
- a person committed to your care
the teacher led her charges across the street
- financial liabilities (such as a tax)
the charges against the estate
- (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object
Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge
- the swift release of a store of affective force (syn: bang, boot, flush, kick, rush, thrill)
- request for payment of a debt (syn: billing)
they submitted their charges at the end of each month
- a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something (syn: commission, direction)
the judge's charge to the jury
- an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence (syn: accusation)
the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving
- heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield (syn: bearing)
- a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time (syn: burster)
this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains


- to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle (syn: bear down)
- blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against (syn: accuse)
he charged the director with indifference
- demand payment (syn: bill)
Will I get charged for this service?
- move quickly and violently (syn: buck, shoot, shoot down, tear)
- assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to (syn: appoint)
She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance
- file a formal charge against (syn: file, lodge)
The suspect was charged with murdering his wife
- make an accusatory claim
The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased
- fill or load to capacity
charge the wagon with hay
- enter a certain amount as a charge
he charged me $15
- cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution (syn: commit, institutionalize, send)
- give over to another for care or safekeeping (syn: consign)
- pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt
Will you pay cash or charge the purchase?
- lie down on command, of hunting dogs
- cause to be agitated, excited, or roused (syn: agitate, excite, rouse, turn on)
The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks
- place a heraldic bearing on
charge all weapons, shields, and banners
- provide (a device) with something necessary (syn: load)
- direct into a position for use (syn: level, point)
He charged his weapon at me
- impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to (syn: burden, saddle)
He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend
- instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
- instruct or command with authority
The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem
- attribute responsibility to (syn: blame)
The tragedy was charged to her inexperience
- set or ask for a certain price
How much do you charge for lunch?
This fellow charges $100 for a massage
- cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on
charge a conductor
- energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
I need to charge my car battery
- saturate
The room was charged with tension and anxiety

Extra examples

He set off a charge that destroyed the mountain.

He has charge of the building.

There is no charge for fixing the tire.

A delivery charge for the refrigerator

An admission charge at the fair

We tried to charge the car's battery.

The government charged that he had not paid taxes for five years.

It is not clear if he violated the rules, as his critics have charged.

The basketball player was charged with a foul.

The wire is charged with electricity.

The terrorists charged the bomb with an explosive substance.

The music is charged with excitement.

His poetry is charged with strength and feeling.

They charged him with the job of finding a new meeting place.

The chairman was charged with the duty of calling all future meetings.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: charge
he/she/it: charges
present participle: charging
past tense: charged
past participle: charged
singular: charge
plural: charges
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