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charge

Noun

1 (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny" [syn: complaint]
2 the price charged for some article or service; "the admission charge"
3 an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving" [syn: accusation]
4 request for payment of a debt; "they submitted their charges at the end of each month" [syn: billing]
5 a impetuous rush toward someone or something; "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge"
6 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" [syn: electric charge]
7 financial liabilities (such as a tax); "the charges against the estate"
8 a person committed to your care; "the teacher led her charges across the street"
9 attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is in the care of a bodyguard" [syn: care, tutelage, guardianship]
10 a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message" [syn: mission, commission]
11 a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: commission, direction]
12 a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; "this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains" [syn: burster, bursting charge, explosive charge]
13 the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn: bang, boot, rush, flush, thrill, kick]
14 (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge" [syn: cathexis]
15 heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield [syn: bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing]

Verb

1 to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; "he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork" [syn: bear down]
2 blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged me director with indifference" [syn: accuse]
3 demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights" [syn: bill]
4 move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: tear, shoot, shoot down, buck]
5 assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance" [syn: appoint]
6 file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife" [syn: lodge, file]
7 make an accusatory claim; "The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
8 fill or load to capacity; "charge the wagon with hay" [ant: discharge]
9 enter a certain amount as a charge; "he charged me $15"
10 cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison" [syn: commit, institutionalize, institutionalise, send]
11 give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your baggage" [syn: consign]
12 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?" [ant: pay cash]
13 lie down on command, of hunting dogs
14 cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn: agitate, rouse, turn on, commove, excite, charge up] [ant: calm]
15 place a heraldic bearing on; "charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
16 provide with munition; "He loaded his gun carefully" [syn: load]
17 direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" [syn: level, point]
18 impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend" [syn: saddle, burden]
19 instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
20 instruct or command with authority; "The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem"
21 attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience" [syn: blame]
22 set or ask for a certain price; "How much do you charge for lunch?"; "This fellow charges $100 for a massage"
23 cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; "charge a conductor"
24 energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; "I need to charge my car battery"
25 saturate; "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Someone or something entrusted to one's care, i.e. a child to a babysitter.
  2. A load or burden.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 261a.
      we'll nail the sophist to it, if we can get him on that charge;
  3. The amount of money levied for a service.
  4. An instruction.
  5. An impetuous attack.
  6. An electric charge.
  7. An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
  8. A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
  9. An image displayed on an escutcheon

Translations

load or burden
amount of money levied for a service
instruction
impetuous attack
electromagnetic state
offensive foul

Verb

  1. To place a burden upon.
  2. To assign a duty to.
    I'm charging you with cleaning up the kitchen.
  3. To formally accuse of a crime.
    I'm charging you with grand theft auto.
  4. To assign a debit to an account.
    Let's charge this to marketing.
  5. To pay using a credit card.
    Can I charge this with my corporate card?
  6. To cause to take on an electric charge.
    Rubbing amber with wool will charge it quickly.
  7. To move forward quickly and forcefully, particularly in combat, on horseback or both.
  8. To attack by moving forward quickly in a group.
  9. To commit a charging foul.
  10. (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.
  11. To ready a firearm for use
    Charge your weapons, we're moving up
  12. In the context of "firefighting|transitive": To run water through (a line) so it sprays.

Translations

to assign a duty to

French

Pronunciation

Noun

charge
  1. load, charge

Verb form

charge
  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of charger
  2. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of charger
  3. second-person singular imperative of charger

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Charge or Charged may refer to:
  • Charge (physics), the susceptibility of a body to one of the fundamental forces
  • More generally in physics, a conserved charge is a conserved quantity related to a symmetry.
It may also refer to:
  • Charge card, anything similar to a credit card
  • Charged Records, a record label
  • Equitable charge, confers a right on the secured party to look to a particular asset in the event of the debtor's default
  • Floating charge, a security interest over the assets of a company
  • , two classes of diplomatic agents

See also

Bold text extra charge needed
charge in Danish: Ladning
charge in German: Ladung
charge in Modern Greek (1453-): Φορτίο
charge in Spanish: Carga
charge in French: Charge
charge in Croatian: Naboj
charge in Italian: Carica
charge in Hungarian: Töltés
charge in Japanese: チャージ
charge in Portuguese: Carga
charge in Russian: Заряд
charge in Simple English: Charge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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