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Definition of charge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they charge
    he / she / it charges
    past simple charged
    -ing form charging
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to ask an amount of money for goods or a service charge something for something What did they charge for the repairs? The restaurant charged $20 for dinner. They're charging $3 for the catalog. charge somebody for something We won't charge you for delivery. charge something at something Calls are charged at 36 cents per minute. charge somebody something (for something) He only charged me half price. charge for something Do you think museums should charge for admission? charge (somebody) to do something The bank doesn't charge to stop a payment.
  2. 2[transitive] to record the cost of something as an amount that someone has to pay charge something to something They charge the calls to their credit-card account. charge something Don't worry. I'll charge it (= pay by credit card).
  3. with crime/something wrong
  4. 3[transitive] to accuse someone formally of a crime so that there can be a trial in court charge somebody Several people were arrested but nobody was charged. charge somebody with something/with doing something He was charged with murder.
  5. 4[transitive] charge somebody (with something/with doing something) (formal) to accuse someone publicly of doing something wrong or bad Opposition senators charged the Secretary with neglecting her duty.
  6. rush/attack
  7. 5[intransitive, transitive] to rush forward and attack someone or something The bull put its head down and charged. charge (at) somebody/something We charged at the enemy.
  8. 6[intransitive] + adv./prep. to rush in a particular direction The children charged down the stairs. He came charging into my room and demanded to know what was going on.
  9. with responsibility/task
  10. 7[transitive, usually passive] (formal) to give someone a responsibility or task. charge somebody with something The committee has been charged with the development of sports in the region. charge somebody with doing something The governing body is charged with managing the school within its budget.
  11. with electricity
  12. 8[transitive] to pass electricity through something so that it is stored there charge something Before use, the battery must be charged. I need to charge my phone. charge something up The shaver can be charged up and used when traveling.
  13. with strong feeling
  14. 9[transitive, usually passive] charge something (with something) (literary) to fill someone with an emotion The room was charged with hatred. a highly charged atmosphere
  15. gun
  16. 10[transitive] charge something (old use) to load a gun
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: charge