Nearby words

  1. chardzhou,
  2. charente,
  3. charente-maritime,
  4. charette,
  5. chargaff,
  6. charge account,
  7. charge card,
  8. charge carrier,
  9. charge conjugation,
  10. charge density


    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.

5. assault. 6. indict, arraign, impeach. 9. enjoin, exhort, urge, bid, require, order. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chargeless


/ (tʃɑːdʒ) /



Word Origin for charge

C13: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry

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Word Origin and History for chargeless
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Science definitions for chargeless


[ 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 chargeless


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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