What is the meaning of charge?


  • An impetuous rush toward someone or something.
    • usage: "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge"
  • Criminal law. ( a pleading describing some wrong or offense)
    • usage: "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
  • The price charged for some article or service.
    • usage: "the admission charge"
  • The quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons.
    • usage: "the battery needed a fresh charge"
  • Attention and management implying responsibility for safety.
    • usage: "he is in the care of a bodyguard"
  • A special assignment that is given to a person or group.
    • usage: "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"
  • A person committed to your care.
    • usage: "the teacher led her charges across the street"
  • Financial liabilities (such as a tax. )
    • usage: "the charges against the estate"
  • Psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object. (
    • usage: "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
  • The swift release of a store of affective force.
    • usage: "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"
  • Request for payment of a debt.
    • usage: "they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
  • A formal statement of a command or injunction to do something.
    • usage: "the judge's charge to the jury"
  • An assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence.
    • usage: "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
  • Heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield.
  • A quantity of explosive to be set off at one time.
    • usage: "this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains"


  • To make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle.
    • usage: "he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
  • Blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against.
    • usage: "he charged the director with indifference"
  • Demand payment.
    • usage: "Will I get charged for this service"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
  • Move quickly and violently.
    • usage: "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"
  • Assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to.
    • usage: "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
  • File a formal charge against.
    • usage: "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
  • Make an accusatory claim.
    • usage: "The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
  • Fill or load to capacity.
    • usage: "charge the wagon with hay"
  • Enter a certain amount as a charge.
    • usage: "he charged me $15"
  • Cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution.
    • usage: "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison"
  • Give over to another for care or safekeeping.
    • usage: "consign your baggage"
  • Pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt.
    • usage: "Will you pay cash or charge the purchase"
  • Lie down on command, of hunting dogs.
  • Cause to be agitated, excited, or roused.
    • usage: "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
  • Place a heraldic bearing on.
    • usage: "charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
  • Provide (a device) with something necessary.
    • usage: "He loaded his gun carefully"; "load the camera"
  • Direct into a position for use.
    • usage: "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
  • Impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to.
    • usage: "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
  • Instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
  • Instruct or command with authority.
    • usage: "The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem"
  • Attribute responsibility to.
    • usage: "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
  • Set or ask for a certain price.
    • usage: "How much do you charge for lunch"; "This fellow charges $100 for a massage"
  • Cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on.
    • usage: "charge a conductor"
  • Energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge.
    • usage: "I need to charge my car battery"
  • Saturate.
    • usage: "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"
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APAWordNet. (2010). charge. Retrieved June 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/charge/definitions/1192888
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "charge" http://smartdefine.org/charge/definitions/1192888 (accessed June 25, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, charge, Smart Define, viewed 25 June, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/charge/definitions/1192888>.
MLAWordNet. "charge" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/charge/definitions/1192888>
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