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.
    • [no object] to rush suddenly or violently:They charged up the hill after her.
  • [+ 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;
    create a feeling in:The air was charged with excitement.

  • n. 
  • [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.
  • [countable]
  • Slang Terms[countable;
    usually singular]
    [Informal.]a thrill that causes pleasure or laughter;
    kick:I got quite a charge out of watching her.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsin charge, in command;
      having the care or responsibility: Who's in charge here?
    2. Idiomstake charge, [+ of + object] to assume control or responsibility:expected her to take charge of the situation.

    char•gé /ʃɑrˈʒeɪ, ˈʃɑrʒeɪ/USA pronunciation n. [countable] ,pl. -gés
      /-ˈʒeɪz; -ʒeɪz/ .USA pronunciation
      Governmenta chargé d'affaires.

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    charge /tʃɑːdʒ/ vb
    1. to set or demand (a price)
    2. (transitive) to enter or record as an obligation against a person or his account
    3. (transitive) to accuse or impute a fault to (a person, etc), as formally in a court of law
    4. (transitive) to command; place a burden upon or assign responsibility to: I was charged to take the message to headquarters
    5. to make a rush at or sudden attack upon (a person or thing)
    6. (transitive) to fill (a receptacle) with the proper or appropriate quantity
    7. (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
    8. to fill or suffuse or to be filled or suffused with matter by dispersion, solution, or absorption: to charge water with carbon dioxide
    9. (transitive) to fill or suffuse with feeling, emotion, etc: the atmosphere was charged with excitement
    10. (transitive) (of a judge) to address (a jury) authoritatively
    11. (transitive) to load (a firearm)
    12. (transitive) to paint (a shield, banner, etc) with a charge
    1. a price charged for some article or service; cost
    2. a financial liability, such as a tax
    3. a debt or a book entry recording it
    4. an accusation or allegation, such as a formal accusation of a crime in law
    5. an onrush, attack, or assault
    6. the call to such an attack in battle
    7. custody or guardianship
    8. a person or thing committed to someone's care
    9. a cartridge or shell
    10. the explosive required to discharge a firearm or other weapon
    11. an amount of explosive material to be detonated at any one time
    12. the quantity of anything that a receptacle is intended to hold
    13. 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
    14. a similar property of a body or system determined by the extent to which it contains an excess or deficiency of electrons
    15. a quantity of electricity determined by the product of an electric current and the time for which it flows, measured in coulombs
    16. the total amount of electricity stored in a capacitor
    17. a load or burden
    18. a duty or responsibility; control
    19. a command, injunction, or order
    20. a design, device, or image depicted on heraldic arms
    21. in chargein command
    22. in charge ofhaving responsibility for
    23. US under the care of
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry

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