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  Definition of charge
  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. saturate; "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"
  17. energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; "I need to charge my car battery"
  18. cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; "charge a conductor"
  19. set or ask for a certain price; "How much do you charge for lunch?"; "This fellow charges $100 for a massage"
  20. attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
  21. instruct or command with authority; "The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem"
  22. instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
  23. impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
  24. blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged me director with indifference"
  25. make an accusatory claim; "The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
  26. file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
  27. to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; "he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
  28. direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
  29. fill or load to capacity; "charge the wagon with hay"
  30. provide with munition; "He loaded his gun carefully"
  31. place a heraldic bearing on; "charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
  32. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
  33. lie down on command, of hunting dogs
  34. move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"
  35. pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt; "Will you pay cash or charge the purchase?"
  36. demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
  37. enter a certain amount as a charge; "he charged me $15"
  38. give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your baggage"
  39. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison"
  40. assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
Similar Words: mission, commission, care, tutelage, guardianship, burster, bursting charge, explosive charge, bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing, complaint, accusation, direction, billing, bang, boot, rush, flush, thrill, kick, cathexis, electric charge, blame, saddle, burden, accuse, lodge, file, bear down, level, point, load, agitate, rouse, turn on, commove, excite, charge up, tear, shoot, shoot down, buck, bill, consign, commit, institutionalize, institutionalise, send, appoint

 

See Also: shoot up

 

Hyponyms: fool's errand, mission impossible, suicide mission, martyr operation, sacrifice operation, due care, ordinary care, reasonable care, foster care, great care, providence, slight care, countercharge, shot, undercharge, rocket fuel, rocket propellant, rocket propellent, annulet, roundel, chevron, fleur-de-lis, fleur-de-lys, ordinary, accusation, accusal, misdirection, presentment, electrostatic charge, positive charge, negative charge, carrying charge, depreciation charge, overcharge, fare, transportation, fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs, agio, agiotage, premium, exchange premium, demurrage, installation charge, porterage, postage, poundage, rate, charge per unit, water-rate, surcharge, service charge, service fee, stowage, tankage, levy, encumbrance, incumbrance, assessment, recharge, overburden, bear down, overwhelm, deluge, flood out, adjure, blame, fault, accuse, impeach, incriminate, criminate, defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch, indict, tax, complain, burden, burthen, weight, weight down, freight, reload, hype up, psych up, bother, pother, electrify, rip, impose, tithe, assess, invoice, pledge, pawn, soak, hock, check, hospitalize, hospitalise, delegate, designate, depute, assign, deputize, deputise, name, nominate, make, empower, authorise, authorize, accredit, create

 

Grouped Verbs: point, dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shoot, bill

 

Part Meronyms: indictment, bill of indictment

 

Derivational Morphology: commission, appoint, saddle, burden, tutor, manage, deal, care, handle, bear down, explode, burst, load, complain, accuse, lodge, file, bill, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatify, tickle, vibrate, agitate, rouse, turn on, commove, excite, charge up, consign, charger, battery charger, electric charge, incrimination, inculpation, blame, mission, direction, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus, accusation, accuser, accusal, complaint, file cabinet, filing cabinet, data file, filer, lodgment, lodgement, burster, bursting charge, explosive charge, warhead, payload, loader, bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing, excitation, excitement, bang, boot, rush, flush, kick, turn-on, arousal, rousing, billing, account, invoice, consigner, consignor, consignee, mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylum, initiation, founding, foundation, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration, commitment, committal, consignment, tutelage, guardianship, appointee, appointment

 

 
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