WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
charge /tʃɑrdʒ/USA pronunciation
v., charged, charg•ing,n.
to ask (money) for payment: [no object]Does the hotel charge for television?[~ + object ( + for + object)]The hotel charges ten dollars extra a night for television.
to ask a price or fee of (someone): [~ + object ( + for)]Did the hotel charge you for the cable television?[ ~ + obj + obj]:They charged us money for using the cable TV.
[~ + object] to make a record of (a purchase) so that it can be paid for at some future time: He charged the coat on his credit card.
- [~ + object] to attack; rush forward against:The cavalry charged the enemy.
[~ + object + with + object] to accuse formally or in law: They charged her with theft.
to command or give an order or instruction to: [~ + object + with + object]The vice-president charged his assistant with management of the budget.[~ + object + to + verb]The judge charged the jury to ignore the testimony.
[~ + object] to fill or refill so as to make ready for use: to charge a musket.
Electricity[~ + object] to put electrical energy into: They charged the dead battery and started the car.
[~ + object; usually: be + ~-ed + with + object] to fill, as with emotion;
- [no object] to rush suddenly or violently:They charged up the hill after her.
create a feeling in:The air was charged with excitement.
[countable] a fee or price asked or imposed: a charge of six dollars for admission.
[uncountable] expense or cost:We'll repair the damage at no charge.
[countable] an attack, as of soldiers; onrush:the Charge of the Light Brigade.
[countable] someone or something given to one's care:The young thieves were Fagin's charges.
[countable] a command or instruction:The judge issued a charge to the jury not to talk about the case.
[countable] an accusation: The state dropped the main charge of theft.
[countable] a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time.
usually singular][Informal.]a thrill that causes pleasure or laughter;
kick:I got quite a charge out of watching her.
char•gé /ʃɑrˈʒeɪ, ˈʃɑrʒeɪ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable] ,pl. -gés
- Idiomsin charge, in command;
having the care or responsibility: Who's in charge here?
- Idiomstake charge, [~ + of + object] to assume control or responsibility:expected her to take charge of the situation.
/-ˈʒeɪz; -ʒeɪz/ .USA pronunciation
Governmenta chargé d'affaires.
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charge /tʃɑːdʒ/ vb
- to set or demand (a price)
- (transitive) to enter or record as an obligation against a person or his account
- (transitive) to accuse or impute a fault to (a person, etc), as formally in a court of law
- (transitive) to command; place a burden upon or assign responsibility to: I was charged to take the message to headquarters
- to make a rush at or sudden attack upon (a person or thing)
- (transitive) to fill (a receptacle) with the proper or appropriate quantity
- (often followed by up) to cause (an accumulator, capacitor, etc) to take or store electricity or (of an accumulator) to have electricity fed into it
- to fill or suffuse or to be filled or suffused with matter by dispersion, solution, or absorption: to charge water with carbon dioxide
- (transitive) to fill or suffuse with feeling, emotion, etc: the atmosphere was charged with excitement
- (transitive) (of a judge) to address (a jury) authoritatively
- (transitive) to load (a firearm)
- (transitive) to paint (a shield, banner, etc) with a charge
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry
- a price charged for some article or service; cost
- a financial liability, such as a tax
- a debt or a book entry recording it
- an accusation or allegation, such as a formal accusation of a crime in law
- an onrush, attack, or assault
- the call to such an attack in battle
- custody or guardianship
- a person or thing committed to someone's care
- a cartridge or shell
- the explosive required to discharge a firearm or other weapon
- an amount of explosive material to be detonated at any one time
- the quantity of anything that a receptacle is intended to hold
- 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
- a similar property of a body or system determined by the extent to which it contains an excess or deficiency of electrons
- a quantity of electricity determined by the product of an electric current and the time for which it flows, measured in coulombs
- the total amount of electricity stored in a capacitor
- a load or burden
- a duty or responsibility; control
- a command, injunction, or order
- a design, device, or image depicted on heraldic arms
- in charge ⇒ in command
- in charge of ⇒ having responsibility for
- US under the care of
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