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.
- charge account,
- charge card,
- charge carrier,
- charge conjugation,
- charge density
- 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
Examples from the Web for charging
After charging at the officer, the teen was sadly but subsequently killed by the officer who feared for his life.
The Branson School holds an elite reputation in tony Marin County, charging around $40,000 a year for tuition.
Somehow this guy survives, alternately running into the nearby water and charging at the lions.Cumberbatch Impressions, Dad Sings ‘Blackbird’ to Dying Son, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe Agent Spann really did think the pickup truck was charging at him and that the only way to defend himself was to shoot.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild|Caitlin Dickson|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Charging the vehicle at home requires the purchase and installation of expensive equipment.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road|Daniel Gross|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nothing is more terrible than the onset of a squadron of horse when charging an enemy upon the field of battle.Cyrus the Great|Jacob Abbott
He then went doming and scuttling out of the room, charging Billy if he meant to go with the hounds to "look sharp."Ask Momma|R. S. Surtees
We shant by standing here, as Mickey Lanigan said whin the bull was charging down upon himwhisht!The Boy Patrol Around the Council Fire|Edward Sylvester Ellis
On account of charging next to nothing for the work done in his job-office, he had almost nothing to do there.Chapters from My Autobiography|Mark Twain
All this time the buffalo was going round and round the tree, charging at it, now on one side, now on the other.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
- 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
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.
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."
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