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


(16)   Energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
"I need to charge my car battery"
(17)   Cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on
"Charge a conductor"
(18)   Impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
"He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
(19)   Blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
"He charged thee director with indifference"
(20)   Make an accusatory claim
"The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
(21)   File a formal charge against
"The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
(22)   To make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
"He saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
(23)   Direct into a position for use
"Point a gun"
"He charged his weapon at me"
(24)   Fill or load to capacity
"Charge the wagon with hay"
(25)   Provide with munition
"He loaded his gun carefully"


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  1. responsibility.
    The child was in the nanny's charge.
  2. Someone or something entrusted to one's care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher.
    The child was a charge of the nanny.
  3. A load or burden; cargo.
    The ship had a charge of colonists and their belongings.
  4. The amount of money levied for a service.
    A charge of 5 dollars.
  5. An instruction.
    I gave him the charge to get the deal closed by the end of the month.
  6. A ground attack against a prepared enemy.
    Pickett died leading his famous charge.
  7. An accusation.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 261a.
      we'll nail the sophist to it, if we can get him on that charge;
    That's a slanderous charge of abuse of trust.
  8. An electric charge.
  9. An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
  10. A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
  11. An image displayed on an escutcheon.


  1. To place a burden upon.
  2. To assign a duty to.
    I'm charging you with cleaning up the kitchen.
  3. To formally accuse of a crime.
    I'm charging you with grand theft auto.
  4. To assign a debit to an account.
    Let's charge this to marketing.
  5. To pay on account, as by using a credit card.
    Can I charge my Amazon purchase to Paypal?
  6. To cause to take on an electric charge.
    Rubbing amber with wool will charge it quickly.
    Don't forget to charge the drill.
  7. To move forward quickly and forcefully, particularly in combat, on horseback or both.
  8. To attack by moving forward quickly in a group.
  9. To commit a charging foul.
  10. (of a batsman) To take a few steps doen the pitch towards the bowler as he delivers the ball, either to disrupt the length of the delivery, or to get into a better position to hit the ball.
  11. To load equipment with material required for its use, as a firearm with powder, a fire hose with water, a chemical reactor with raw materials.
    Charge your weapons, we're moving up

Related terms


  1. load, burden
  2. cargo, freight
  3. responsibility, charge
  4. charge
  5. charge
  6. costs, expenses

Verb form

  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of charger
  2. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of charger
  3. second-person singular imperative of charger