charge - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an amount of money that you have to pay, especially when you visit a place or when someone does something for you

    You will have to pay a small admission charge.

    charge of:

    There is a charge of £50 if you are over a week late with your payment.

    charge for:

    There is no charge for using the library.

    free of charge (=with no charge):

    The organization provides a range of services free of charge.

    at no extra charge (=without having to pay any more):

    Breakfast may be served in your bedroom at no extra charge.

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  2. 2
    [countable] an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime
    charge of:

    They faced charges of conspiracy and murder.

    charge against:

    The investigation resulted in criminal charges against three police officers.

    press/prefer/bring charges (=officially accuse someone of a crime):

    In the end we decided not to press charges.

    drop the charges (=no longer officially accuse someone of a crime):

    She was accused of shoplifting but the police later dropped the charges.

    release someone without charge:

    He was questioned for six hours but released without charge.

    1. a.
      a claim that someone or something is bad or has done something bad
      charge of:

      How do you respond to these charges of racism?

      charge that:

      The leadership rejected charges that it was insensitive to the plight of the unemployed.

  3. 3
    [countable] an attack by people or animals running very fast towards someone or something
  4. 4
    [countable] physics the amount or type of electrical force that something has. The protons in an atom have a positive charge, and the electrons have a negative charge.
  5. 5
    [countable] an amount of the substance that makes a bomb explode
  6. 6
    [countable] formal someone that you are responsible for and take care of

    She didn’t like it when her young charges started crying.

  7. 7
    [singular] the ability to produce strong emotions or feelings

    The issue still carries a charge in American politics.

    a real-life tragedy that gave the film a serious emotional charge

  8. 8
    [countable] legal a legal right of ownership or part-ownership on a house or a piece of land which a bank or other creditor may have

    The debtor can apply to the court to put a charge on the debtor’s land or house.