Definition of charge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary





1 [transitive, intransitive] to ask an amount of money for goods or a service charge something for somethingWhat did they charge for the repairs?The restaurant charged $20 for dinner.They're charging $3 for the catalog. charge someone for somethingWe won't charge you for delivery. charge something at somethingCalls are charged at 36 cents per minute. charge someone something (for something)He only charged me half price. charge for somethingDo you think museums should charge for admission? charge (someone) to do somethingThe bank doesn't charge to stop a payment.2 [transitive] to record the cost of something as an amount that someone has to pay charge something to somethingThey charge the calls to their credit-card account. charge somethingDon't worry. I'll charge it (= pay by credit card).

with crime/something wrong

3 [transitive] to accuse someone formally of a crime so that there can be a trial in court charge someoneSeveral people were arrested but nobody was charged. charge someone with something/with doing somethingHe was charged with murder.4 [transitive] charge someone (with something/with doing something) (formal) to accuse someone publicly of doing something wrong or badOpposition senators charged the Secretary with neglecting her duty.


5 [intransitive, transitive] to rush forward and attack someone or somethingThe bull put its head down and charged. charge (at) someone/somethingWe charged at the enemy.6 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to rush in a particular directionThe children charged down the stairs.He came charging into my room and demanded to know what was going on.

with responsibility/task

7 [transitive, usually passive] (formal) to give someone a responsibility or task. charge someone with somethingThe committee has been charged with the development of sports in the region. charge someone with doing somethingThe governing body is charged with managing the school within its budget.

with electricity

8 [transitive] to pass electricity through something so that it is stored there charge somethingBefore use, the battery must be charged.I need to charge my phone. charge something upThe shaver can be charged up and used when traveling.

with strong feeling

9 [transitive, usually passive] charge something (with something) (literary) to fill someone with an emotionThe room was charged with hatred.a highly charged atmosphere


10 [transitive] charge something (old use) to load a gun