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
Related formscharge·less, adjectiveself-charg·ing, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for in charge
- 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
- US under the care of
Word Origin for charge
Science definitions for in charge
Idioms and Phrases with in charge (1 of 2)
In a position of leadership or supervision, as in Who's in charge here? or He's the agent in charge at the ticket counter. [Early 1500s]
in charge of. Having control over or responsibility for, as in You're in charge of making the salad. [Late 1500s]
in the charge of; in the care of. Under someone's care or supervision, as in We left the children in the charge of their grandparents. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with in charge (2 of 2)
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