Definition of charge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɑːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrdʒ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they charge
    BrE BrE//tʃɑːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrdʒ//
    he / she / it charges
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːdʒɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrdʒɪz//
    past simple charged
    BrE BrE//tʃɑːdʒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrdʒd//
    past participle charged
    BrE BrE//tʃɑːdʒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrdʒd//
    -ing form charging
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːdʒɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrdʒɪŋ//
    The power industry, The police, Conflict
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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 catalogue. charge somebody for something We won't charge you for delivery. charge something at something Calls are charged at 36p 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 somebody has to pay charge something to something They charge the calls to their credit-card account. (North American English) charge something Don't worry. I'll charge it (= pay by credit card).
  3. with crime/something wrong
  4. 3  [transitive] to accuse somebody 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. Wordfinderarrest, charge, cordon, detain, detective, interrogate, plain clothes, police, raid, undercover See related entries: The police
  5. 4[transitive] charge somebody (with something/with doing something) (formal) to accuse somebody publicly of doing something wrong or bad Opposition MPs charged the minister with neglecting her duty.
  6. rush/attack
  7. 5[intransitive, transitive] to rush forward and attack somebody/something The bull put its head down and charged. charge (at) somebody/something We charged at the enemy. See related entries: Conflict
  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 electricity
  10. 7   [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 travelling. See related entries: The power industry
  11. with responsibility/task
  12. 8[transitive] (usually passive) (formal) to give somebody a responsibility or task. charge somebody with something The committee has been charged with the development of sport in the region. charge somebody with doing something The governing body is charged with managing the school within its budget.
  13. with strong feeling
  14. 9[transitive] (usually passive) charge something (with something) (literary) to fill somebody with an emotion The room was charged with hatred.
  15. glass
  16. 10[transitive] charge something (British English, formal) to fill a glass Please charge your glasses and drink a toast to the bride and groom!
  17. gun
  18. 11[transitive] charge something (old use) to load a gun
  19. Word OriginMiddle English (in the general senses ‘to load’ and ‘a load’), from Old French charger (verb), charge (noun), from late Latin carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.Extra examples €50 will be charged to your account. A man has been charged in connection with the attack. Calls will be charged at 90 cents a minute. Companies are free to charge whatever they like for their services. I heard the sound of feet charging down the stairs. I was worried that the animal might charge at us. Research and development expenditure is charged against profits in the year it is incurred. She charged into the room. She has not yet been formally charged with the crime. Stamp Duty will be charged at one per cent. The bank charges a commission on all foreign currency transactions. The children were all charging around outside. The cost is charged directly to the profit and loss account. The rhino charged headlong towards us. The teenagers were jointly charged with attempted murder. We don’t charge for delivery. He came charging into my office and demanded an explanation. He ordered his troops to charge the enemy lines. The children all charged down the stairs and out of the front door. Three of the men charged towards Gallagher. What did the builders charge for the repairs? Your broker will charge you a 6% commission on the transaction.
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