[verb ree-chahrj; noun ree-chahrj, ree-chahrj]
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verb (used with object), re·charged, re·charg·ing.
  1. to charge again with electricity.
  2. Informal. to refresh or restore; revitalize.
verb (used without object), re·charged, re·charg·ing.
  1. to make a new charge, especially to attack again.
  2. Informal. to revive or restore energy, stamina, enthusiasm, etc.
  1. an act or instance of recharging.
  2. Geology. the processes by which ground water is absorbed into the zone of saturation.
Compare water table.

Origin of recharge

1400–50; late Middle English: to reload (a vessel). See re-, charge
Related formsre·charg·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. to cause (an accumulator, capacitor, etc) to take up and store electricity again
  2. to revive or renew (one's energies) (esp in recharge one's batteries)
Derived Formsrechargeable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for recharge

early 15c., "to reload" (a vessel), from re- "again, back" + charge "to load" (q.v.); modeled on Old French rechargier "to load, load back on" (13c.). Meaning "re-power a battery" is from 1876. Related: Recharged; recharging. The noun is recorded from 1610s in English.

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