Idioms

    in charge,
    1. in command; having supervisory power.
    2. British. under arrest; in or into the custody of the police.
    in charge of,
    1. having the care or supervision of: She is in charge of two libraries.
    2. Also in the charge of. under the care or supervision of: The books are in the charge of the accounting office.

Origin of charge

1175–1225; 1950–55 for def 39; (v.) Middle English chargen < Anglo-French, Old French charg(i)er < Late Latin carricāre to load a wagon, equivalent to carr(us) wagon (see car1) + -icā- v. suffix. + -re infinitive ending; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.
SYNONYMS FOR charge
27 See price.
30 onslaught, assault.
32 commission, trust.
33 management.
37 indictment, imputation, allegation.
44 cargo, freight.
Related formscharge·less, adjectiveself-charg·ing, adjective
Can be confusedaccuse allege charge
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British Dictionary definitions for charge up

charge

/ (tʃɑːdʒ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for charge

C13: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry
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Science definitions for charge up

charge

[ chärj ]

A fundamental property of the elementary particles of which matter is made that gives rise to attractive and repulsive forces. There are two kinds of charge: color charge and electric charge. See more at color charge electric charge.
The amount of electric charge contained in an object, particle, or region of space.
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Idioms and Phrases with charge up (1 of 2)

charge up


Excite, agitate, stimulate, as in The new preacher can really charge up the congregation, or Planning Beth's wedding got her mom all charged up. This term originally was used for narcotic stimulation but now is used more broadly. [Slang; early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with charge up (2 of 2)

charge


In addition to the idioms beginning with charge

  • charge off
  • charge up
  • charge with

also see:

  • carrying charge
  • get a bang (charge) out of
  • in charge
  • in charge of
  • take charge
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