in charge


1

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]

2

in charge of. Having control over or responsibility for, as in You're in charge of making the salad. [Late 1500s]

3

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]

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