Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an impetuous rush toward someone or something
    the battle began with a cavalry charge
  2. (noun, communication) (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
  3. (noun, possession) the price charged for some article or service
  4. (noun, phenomenon) the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons
  5. (noun, act) attention and management implying responsibility for safety
  6. (noun, act) a special assignment that is given to a person or group
    his charge was deliver a message
  7. (noun, person) a person committed to your care
  8. (noun, possession) financial liabilities (such as a tax)
  9. (noun, motive) (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object
  10. (noun, feeling) the swift release of a store of affective force
    what a boot!
    he got a quick rush from injecting heroin
    he does it for kicks
  11. (noun, communication) request for payment of a debt
  12. (noun, communication) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
  13. (noun, communication) an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
  14. (noun, artifact) heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  15. (noun, artifact) a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time
  16. (verb, competition) to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
  17. (verb, communication) blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
  18. (verb, possession) demand payment
    We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights
  19. (verb, motion) move quickly and violently
    He came charging into my office
  20. (verb, social) assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
    She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance
  21. (verb, communication) file a formal charge against
  22. (verb, communication) make an accusatory claim
  23. (verb, contact) fill or load to capacity
  24. (verb, possession) enter a certain amount as a charge
  25. (verb, possession) cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
    he was committed to prison
  26. (verb, possession) give over to another for care or safekeeping
  27. (verb, possession) pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt
  28. (verb, motion) lie down on command, of hunting dogs
  29. (verb, emotion) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
  30. (verb, creation) place a heraldic bearing on
  31. (verb, contact) provide (a device) with something necessary
    load the camera
  32. (verb, competition) direct into a position for use
    He charged his weapon at me
  33. (verb, communication) impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
  34. (verb, communication) instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
  35. (verb, communication) instruct or command with authority
  36. (verb, cognition) attribute responsibility to
    The tragedy was charged to her inexperience
  37. (verb, cognition) set or ask for a certain price
    This fellow charges $100 for a massage
  38. (verb, change) cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on
  39. (verb, change) energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
  40. (verb, change) saturate

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Antonyms of Charge

discharge, pay cash

Alternate forms of Charge

Derivations: charge, charger

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

Hypernyms: account, accuse, aim, alter, ascribe, asking, assertion, asseveration, assign, assignment, attack, attribute, averment, belt along, bid, bidding, bucket along, calculate, cannonball along, change, claim, command, commit, confide, cost, criminate, debit, dependant, dependent, determine, dictation, direct, disturb, duty assignment, electrical phenomenon, entrust, excitement, exhilaration, explosive, fill, fill up, furnish, hasten, heraldry, hie, hotfoot, impeach, impregnate, impute, incriminate, instruct, intrust, liabilities, libidinal energy, lie, lie down, make full, modify, onrush, onset, onslaught, paint, pay, pelt along, pleading, protection, provide, race, render, request, require, rush, rush along, saturate, set, speed, step on it, supply, take, take aim, train, transfer, trouble, trust, upset

Origin of the word Charge

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. chargier "load, burden," from L.L. carricare "to load a wagon, cart," from L. carrus "wagon" (see car). Meaning "responsibility, burden" is mid-14c. (cf. take charge, late 14c.; in charge, 1510s), which progressed to "pecuniary burden, cost" (mid-15c.), and then to "price demanded for service or goods" (1510s). Legal sen… more

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