Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “charge”

See all translations

charge

verb  /tʃɑrdʒ/ us  

charge verb (ASK FOR MONEY)

[I/T] to ask for a price for something: [T] I think they charge too much for football tickets.

charge verb (OWE)

[T] to buy something and agree to pay for it later: I didn’t have any cash, so I charged the food.

charge verb (ACCUSE)

[T] to accuse someone of something, esp. to officially accuse someone of a crime: He was charged with resisting arrest.

charge verb (MOVE FORWARD)

[I/T] to move forward quickly, esp. to attack: [T] When the batter was hit with the pitch, he dropped his bat and charged the pitcher.

charge verb (STORE ENERGY)

[I/T] to put electrical energy into a storage device such as a battery : [I] It takes several hours for my laptop’s batteries to charge.

charge verb (INSTRUCT)

[T] law to instruct (the people deciding a legal case) what the law is in a particular case: The judge charged the jury before deliberations began.

charge

noun  /tʃɑrdʒ/ us  

charge noun (CONTROL)

[U] responsibility for the control of something or the care of someone: Marilyn agreed to take charge of fundraising.

charge noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] the amount of explosive to be fired at one time

charge noun (STORAGE OF ENERGY)

[C/U] chemistry, physics the amount of electricity that an electrical device stores or carries [C/U] chemistry, physics A positive or negative electrical charge is a basic characteristic of matter.
(Definition of charge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of charge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “charge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More