verb (used with object), charged, charg·ing.
verb (used without object), charged, charg·ing.
- electric charge.
- the process of charging a storage battery.
- to write off as an expense or loss.
- to attribute to: I charged off the blunder to inexperience.
- to agitate, stimulate, or excite: a fiery speaker who can charge up an audience.
- to put or be under the influence of narcotic drugs.
- in command; having supervisory power.
- British.under arrest; in or into the custody of the police.
- having the care or supervision of: She is in charge of two libraries.
- Also in the charge of.under the care or supervision of: The books are in the charge of the accounting office.
Origin of charge
Synonyms for charge
Antonyms for charge
noun, plural char·gés [shahr-zheyz, shahr-zheyz; French shar-zhey] /ʃɑrˈʒeɪz, ˈʃɑr ʒeɪz; French ʃarˈʒeɪ/.
Origin of chargé
Examples from the Web for charge
Contemporary Examples of charge
That is a fact recorded by the doctor in charge of the ambulance at the inquest.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
This was very blunt and surprising to hear from any official in charge of an aviation disaster.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
I was convicted a year later and sentenced to death—a charge later overturned by the Supreme Court when it called for a retrial.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
In the last of a series of videos uploaded to YouTube that day, Brown threatened the FBI agent in charge of his case.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”
Kevin M. Gallagher
December 15, 2014
In the piece, Gladwell asked, “Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?”Malcolm Gladwell’s Plagiarism Problem
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of charge
The vice president in charge of programs dropped into the 205studio that afternoon and watched them work for over an hour.Janet Hardy in Radio City
Ruthe S. Wheeler
Vegetables obtain their nourishment from mineral substances, which they reduce, de-oxydize, and charge with solar energy.The Mechanism of Life
I wish th' privilege iv standin' on me head an' playin' "A charge to keep I have" on the accorjeen with me feet.Mr. Dooley Says
I thought so too, but I knew in the meantime that it would please Susan greatly to have charge of the little fellow.The Loss of the Royal George
Within fifty yards of the coppice the order to charge was given.The Amateur Army
- an onrush, attack, or assault
- the call to such an attack in battle
- 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 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
- the total amount of electricity held in an accumulator, usually measured in ampere-hoursSymbol: q, Q
- having responsibility for
- USunder the care of
Word Origin for charge
early 13c., "to load, fill," from Old French chargier "to load, burden, weigh down," from Late Latin carricare "to load a wagon or cart," from Latin carrus "wagon" (see car). Senses of "entrust," "command," "accuse" all emerged in Middle English and were found in Old French. Sense of "rush in to attack" is 1560s, perhaps through earlier meaning of "load a weapon" (1540s). Related: Charged; charging. Chargé d'affaires was borrowed from French, 1767, literally "charged with affairs."
c.1200, "a load, a weight," from Old French charge "load, burden; imposition," from chargier "to load, to burden" (see charge (v.)). Meaning "responsibility, burden" is mid-14c. (e.g. take charge, late 14c.; in charge, 1510s), which progressed to "pecuniary burden, cost, burden of expense" (mid-15c.), and then to "price demanded for service or goods" (1510s). Legal sense of "accusation" is late 15c.; earlier "injunction, order" (late 14c.). Electrical sense is from 1767. Slang meaning "thrill, kick" (American English) is from 1951.
In addition to the idioms beginning with charge
- charge off
- charge up
- charge with
- carrying charge
- get a bang (charge) out of
- in charge
- in charge of
- take charge