charge - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlecharging
past tensecharged
past participlecharged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to ask someone to pay an amount of money for something that you are selling to them or doing for them
    charge for:

    Most clubs charge for the use of tennis courts.

    charge someone something (for something):

    You will be charged a small fee for food and lodging.

    They charged us £20 for three drinks.

    be charged at something:

    All calls are charged at 36p per minute.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to arrange for payment to be made later
    charge something to someone/something:

    The flights were charged to his personal account.

    Guests can make phone calls and charge them to their rooms.

    1. a.
      mainly American to pay for something with a credit card

      I decided to charge it, since I didn’t have any cash on me.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to accuse someone officially of committing a crime

    Two men have been charged in connection with the fire.

    charge someone with something:

    The police have charged him with murder.

    1. a.
      formal to claim that someone or something is bad or has done something bad
      charge someone/something with (doing) something:

      The report charges cars with being responsible for half of the century’s air pollution problems.

      charge (that):

      Republicans blocked Lee’s nomination, charging that he was unqualified for the job.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to attack someone or something by running very fast towards them

    The colonel gave the order to charge.

    The security men panicked as angry fans charged towards them.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move somewhere quickly and carelessly
      charge into/around/down etc:

      The door flew open and Penny charged into the room.

  5. 5



    charge up

    [intransitive/transitive] to put electricity into a piece of electrical equipment such as a battery

    The phone won’t work if it isn’t charged up.

  6. 6
    [transitive] formal to make someone officially responsible for doing something
    be charged with (doing) something:

    The company has been charged with maintaining our computer systems.

  7. 7
    [transitive] formal to fill a glass completely

    I would ask you all to charge your glasses and join me in a toast to Max and Sue.

  8. 8
    [transitive] legal to place a legal right of ownership or part-ownership on somebody‘s land or house

    If the debtor refuses to pay you the money, you can ask the court to charge their land or property.

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